Are you seeking federal funding for your innovative idea, concept or project in the aerospace research area?  If so, consider this free interactive webinar to learn how to tap into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.

This three-phase program provides critical funding for innovative ideas and concepts relevant to the mission of NASA.  Any given project could receive up to $850,000 over a period of three years in two phases to research and develop the idea or concept for eventual commercialization with the possibility of sole-source contracts in the third phase.

The deadline for SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals is September 3, 2009.  Expertise and funding from the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network is available to assist you with your research proposal.  To search for relevant NASA research areas that match your research interests, go to

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Who should attend the webinar?
•      Small businesses seeking to develop novel technology products
•      Highly motivated small business entrepreneurs and research managers
•      Small businesses interested in new NASA SBIR/STTR initiatives and program changes 
•      University researchers interested in partnering with small businesses on
collaborative R&D projects
•      Large companies interested in developing strategic alliances with successful SBIR/STTR awardees
•      Organizations and consultants providing support to interested SBIR/STTR applicants
What will you learn?
You will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of the NASA SBIR/STTR Programs, and the resources and expertise available in Wisconsin to assist companies to successfully compete in these programs. You will learn the requirements; who is eligible; how much funding is available for each project; how to prepare and submit a research proposal; how to connect with relevant facilities, equipment and expertise to support your project and a host of other related issues.  
Who are the webinar instructors? 
Pat Dillon of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network has extensive experience in the federal SBIR and STTR programs.  Since 1994, she has assisted more than 35 companies to win more than $25 million in SBIR/STTR funding leading to new products and services with worldwide sales. As the Northwest Regional Director of WEN, Dillon provides business development, technology transfer and economic development, and statewide assistance to companies competing in the federal SBIR and STTR Programs. Dillon has served on federal agency review panels at the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture, and was the principal investigator of an Office of Naval Research contract for SBIR outreach in a five-state region.

David Linz is the Southeast Regional Director for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network. Before accepting this position, Linz was the vice president of marketing and business development for a small chemical engineering software company, OLI Systems. Linz has extensive experience in oil and gas, chemical, nuclear, combustion, and environmental engineering. Linz is especially skillful at evaluating market opportunities and assessing technical and commercial viability of new technologies and products.  Linz has a B.S in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, both from the University of Arizona, and MBA from Webster University.  He is also the author of two books.