Sign Up for the 11th Biennial Hawaii SBIR Federal Funding Conference


This is a great opportunity to learn about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and to meet Federal program managers.  With some coaching, Hawaii small businesses have a one in four chance of winning an $80,000 to $100,000 Phase I award to investigate the technical and financial feasibility of their new technology or job creation idea.  If Phase I works out, they have a one in two chance of winning a $350,000 to $750,000 (or more) Phase II award to do prototyping and/or field trials of their innovation. 

 Much better odds than Las Vegas!  You give up no equity in your business and you do not have to pay the money back if the concept does not work out.

Below is a description of the conference and a link to conference information.  I have also posted general information on the SBIR and STTR programs on my website.

Hawaii SBIR & STTR Conference

November 16-20, 2009

Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island

Funding for Early-stage Technologies and Innovations leading to Commercialization

SBIR has proven to be one of the most successful federal programs for technological advancement in
U.S. history, delivering more than 60,000 patents and hundreds of valuable innovations in agriculture,
defense, energy, health sciences, homeland security, space, transportation, and other fields.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs

SBIR is a federal program that funds small businesses to develop high-risk innovations of critical need.
The U.S. SBIR is a three-phased program with awards usually up to $100,000 for developing a proof ofconcept in Phase I, and typically up to $750,000 for development work (often resulting in a prototype) in Phase II. Companies develop and market the SBIR product, attract outside investment and further commercialize in Phase III. Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program: U.S. Departmentsof Agriculture; Commerce; Defense; Education; Energy; Health and Human Services; Homeland Security; Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; NASA; and the National Science Foundation.

STTR is modeled on the SBIR program and stimulates technology transfer through cooperative research between small businesses and non-profit research institutions. UH researchers are encouraged to partner with small businesses to compete under the STTR program.

Conference Dates and Locations

November 16, 2009 (Monday) – OAHU, Hale Koa Hotel
November 17, 2009 (Tuesday) – MAUI, Maui Research & Technology Center
November 19, 2009 (Thursday) – HAWAII, King Kamehameha Hotel
November 20, 2009 (Friday) – OAHU, Honolulu, NEW Training Day included in Registration Fee
Session information can be found at

Conference Benefits

  • A rare opportunity to learn from and individually meet with federal SBIR managers from Washington,D.C. at one location
  • A comprehensive overview of the SBIR/STTR programs and how you can participate
  • Updates on the technologies and innovations the SBIR/STTR programs will fund this year
  • *NEW* We want you to succeed with your federal grant or contract! At Training Day on 11/20:
    SESSION 1: Federal cost accounting and how to pass an audit;
    SESSION 2: Learn about strategic planning for your government-funded intellectual property


Who Should Attend the Conference?

  • Entrepreneurs that develop new technologies or innovations
  • Small businesses new to the SBIR/STTR program
  • Experienced SBIR/STTR companies interested in learning about new SBIR/STTR initiatives and program changes
  • University researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on collaborative R&D projects
  • Any company interested in developing strategic alliances with successful SBIR/STTR awardees
  • Consultants and organizations that provide business support to SBIR/STTR companies and applicants


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