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August 2017 - In This Issue:

The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to: small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Director, Technology Development and Commercialization

SBIR/STTR  Specialist
& Newsletter Editor

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Eastern NC

Technology Commercialization Counselor
North Central NC

Commercialization Internship Program Wraps Up for SBIR Awardees
The SBTDC's 16th Annual Graduate Technology Commercialization Summer Internship program wrapped up on 7/24.  This summer, 13 graduate students from multiple programs at Duke, UNC and NC State worked with over two dozen early stage companies on business oriented projects.  Providing over 5000 hours of service over 10 weeks, interns delved into market research, voice of customer information, pricing and competitive analysis' and more.  Clients that take part in the program, the majority of which are SBIR/STTR awardees, are poised in the near term to commercialize an innovative technology. 

Since the program started in 2002, over 150 graduate students have provided over 60,000 hours of business development service to small commercialization oriented technology companies in North Carolina.

If you are interested in taking part in next summer's program, please reach out to us this fall.

NC SBIR / STTR Match Update
While the Governor's 2017-2019 budget recommended $3 million for the program for FY 2018, the North Carolina General Assembly provided no funding for the program. Thus, no program solicitation or funding will be available during FY 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). 

SBIR Workshop - Wilmington
August 22nd |  9:30 - 12:30
Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Network with fellow attendees with similar funding interests
  • Learn from SBIR/STTR experts with decades of experience
  • Understand the solicitation search process 
  • Meet current SBIR/STTR awardees 
  • Determine the best strategy to incorporate the small business component - start a business or partner 
  • Identify Federal Agencies that are right for you 
Register registration button  
$45 Early Bird Registration until August 15th
$55 Late Registration
Boxed lunches will be provided 

NIH SBIR / STTR Webinar Recording Available
The NIH SBIR/STTR Program office recently hosted a webinar to explain and discuss various aspects of the NIH SBIR/STTR Program.

The 2017 Omnibus Grant Solicitations, SBIR 101, Reauthorizations, and Deadlines were addressed.  The recording of the session, is available at:  https://sbir.nih.gov/engage#webinar-hhs

The next submission deadline is September 5, 2017.  As always, we encourage you to start the registration and application process early, and reach out the central office or the funding Institute or Center of your choice for assistance.

USDA Solicitations Available
The USDA SBIR solicitations are now available at

Topics include:
  • Forests and Related Resources
  • Plant Production and Protection - Biology
  • Animal Production and Protection
  • Air, Water and Soils
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Rural Development
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • Small and Mid-Size Farms
  • Plant Production and Protection -- Engineering
The deadline for submission is October 5 th.

Technology Commercialization Program

5 West Hargett St., Suite 600 Raleigh, NC 27601