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Webinar series offered by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program

Posted: August 25, 2016

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program aims to increase awareness and understanding of USDA's SBIR grant program by providing informational and training webinars for Cooperative Extension and other agency personnel to successfully guide SBIR applicants through the proposal writing and submission process. The first webinar was recorded and is archived online. The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and will focus on the theme of idea development.

The Small Business Innovation Research Program at USDA provides unique opportunities for the nation's small businesses to apply for and receive federal monies for research and development to support high quality, advanced concepts related to important scientific problems in agriculture and other endeavors that could lead to significant public benefits.

The SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program — a collaboration between the Regional Rural Development Centers and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agricultureprovides informational and training webinars for Cooperative Extension and other agency personnel to successfully guide SBIR applicants through the proposal writing and submission process.

The first webinar took place on August 23, 2016, and is available for online viewing here. During the first webinar, USDA SBIR Coordinator Scott Dockum guided participants through the program's three phases, eligibility requirements, topic areas, and application process. He also discussed what applicants can expect and the qualities of strong applications. Finally, he ended with case studies of three projects that were funded through the SBIR program.

The second webinar in this series is scheduled for Tuesday, August 31. Complete information on how to access the webinar and about remaining webinars in the series is available on the Western Regional Rural Development Center's website.