NM FAST program at NMSU Arrowhead Center to host proposal development workshop

January 26, 2016 by Adriana M. Chavez, NMSU News Center

The New Mexico FAST Partnership Program, housed at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, will host a Small Business Innovation Research Program/Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase 1 Proposal Development Workshop with an emphasis on the National Science Foundation.

The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services Building, 1335 International Mall. Tickets are $35, $15 for students, and are available through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sbir-sttr-phase-1-proposal-development-workshop-nsf-focus-tickets-20520388033. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Jim Greenwood and NSF representative Peter Atherton are scheduled to speak at the workshop, which will provide an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs, including those available at the National Science Foundation. A four-step process will be presented on how to develop a competitive Phase 1 proposal.

The workshop will also provide discussion of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization and how it is changing the programs; an extended presentation of a four-step progress for developing a credible and competitive Phase I proposal, drafting through the focus of what to say and what not to say, recommended review processes, and using feedback effectively; and 20-minute one-on-one sessions with NSF representative via webinar. Organizers said that the information provided at the workshop will be relevant to other SBIR/STTR awarding agencies as well.

The NM FAST Partnership Program provides small businesses with:

  • Assistance in identifying appropriate solicitations and topic areas;
  • How-to information on agency registrations and electronic proposal submission;
  • Guidance on proposal preparation, including assessments of technical objectives and hypotheses and drafting supporting documents such as biographical sketches, resources and budgets;
  • Specifics on the target agency’s requirements for commercialization content in Phase I/Phase II proposals; and
  • Technical reviews and edits of proposals with feedback.

In addition, NM FAST will provide select first-time awardees micro-funds of $695 to cover the expenses of professional services such as Commercialization Plan Assistance, Development Partner Identification Assistance, Research Partner Identification Assistance, Counsel on Patents and Technology Licensing, and Indirect Cost Rate Advisement, for proposal development.

For more information, contact Dana DeRego, program coordinator for the NM FAST program, at 505-358-4039 or dderego@ad.nmsu.edu.

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