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January 2018 - 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

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Western NC

Introduction to SBIR/STTR Funding for Innovative Technologies
Join the SBTDC on February 20th at 1PM for a detailed overview of the SBIR / STTR federal R&D funding mechanisms for small businesses. In this 45 minute webinar, we will help you to understand: 
  • Funding levels and phased process 
  • Participating agencies 
  • How to identify agency interests (solicitations) 
  • Differences between SBIR/STTR 
  • Important content to include in a proposal 
  • Key points to increase competitiveness
Time will be available at the end of the session for Q&A

There is no fee, but registration is required at:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4788296561298052355
Just Competitors or More?
By: John Ujvari, SBTDC
The SBIR/STTR programs are solicitation driven.  In other words, the participating agencies publish areas of need, which can be either broad or specific. It is up to the applicant to review these solicitations and decide if they should submit a proposal for a particular topic solicitation.

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North Carolina upcoming Funding Opportunities
Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG) Cycle 2
Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (noon)
The Biotechnology Innovation Grant (BIG) targets university technologies entering the translational phase of development. BIG projects must include both technical and commercial development milestones. The project team is composed of a technical PI and a commercial development adviser. Pre-submission consultations are encouraged. Contact information is in the Guidelines, now posted at www.ncbiotech.org/big .

NC Idea Seed Grant Program
Deadline:  February 26
Application opens:  February 12
NC IDEA  SEED provides grant funding to innovative startups, typically between proof of concept and profitability.  Since the inception of NC IDEA in 2006, NC IDEA SEED has awarded over $5 million in grant funding to 118 companies throughout the state. Nearly 70 percent of these companies are still operating today; collectively these companies have raised over $220 million in both equity and non-dilutive funding and have generated over 1,000 jobs.
More information is available at:  http://ncidea.org/grants-programs/nc-idea-seed/

Technology Enhancement Grant (TEG) Cycle 2
Deadline: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (noon)
TEGawards are used to generate data that will directly enhance the university's licensing position for commercially promising inventions. Proposals are submitted through the university technology transfer office. The proposed project will ideally incorporate study endpoints designed to meet key milestones as defined by a potential licensee or industry-experienced technology development adviser. Guidelines will be posted soon at www.ncbiotech.org/teg
NC Success Story: NSF Awardee Athena's Compass 
Washington, NC based Athena's Compass has a mission is to deliver the most exciting and impactful learning experiences possible to empower and to equip our youth with the skills needed to succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math.

CED Life Science Conference 
The annual CED Life Science Conference will be held on February 27-28 at the Raleigh Convention Center. 
As the premier life science event in the Southeast, the conference attracts nearly 1,000 attendees including trailblazing entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, and industry visionaries from across the nation. 
Registration is available at: https://cednc.org/LSC  

Technology Commercialization Program

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