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Shreveport Center to host small business, research funding workshop

Louisiana Tech University will assist small businesses throughout the region in learning more about how federal agencies award funding for research at the 2017 Regional R&D Workshop, March 22 at the Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center.

Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center

The workshop, offered by Louisiana Tech and the Technology Transfer Office, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center at 8028 Shreve Park Drive in Shreveport, and will focus on training attendees to take advantage of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

SBIR and STTR are programs that require certain federal agencies to reserve a portion of their research and development (R&D) budget for small businesses. The goal is to use federal R&D funding to help increase private-sector commercialization of innovations while still meeting federal research needs. Small businesses can utilize these funds to support their proof of concept and prototype development, thereby preserving their own limited funds for other R&D or commercialization activities.

Jim Greenwood, a nationally recognized SBIR/STTR consultant, will conduct the training and will offer strategies on submitting a winning proposal, as well as insight on topics such as university/industry collaborations, commercializing technology, and cost accounting. Attendees will receive valuable information about funds that can help strengthen their SBIR/STTR proposals.

Registration is $25 if paid by March 18 and $30 on-site. The first 35 who pay and attend will be eligible to receive a free SBIR/STTR proposal review by Greenwood Consulting Group. Advanced registration is required. The registration fee also covers refreshments, lunch, and a program workbook.

To register, go online to https://shreveportsbirsttrmarch222017.eventbrite.com.

Written by Judith Roberts – jroberts@latech.edu