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Are you working on an early-stage invention that requires funding for further research and development? You’ll want to attend our November meeting with Dr. Ben Schrag, Program Director with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF)!

The NSF awards over $200 million annually to startups and small businesses through its SBIR / STTR programs. These grants support R&D across almost all areas of science and technology, helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. These grants are non-dilutive, meaning the inventors are not required to give away any ownership of their business. 

When there are many excellent applicants, how does the NSF decide who to invest in? What are they looking for to help them decide which inventions to fund? 

That’s what we’ll be interviewing Dr. Schrag about specifically. The question of how to present your idea (and yourself) so that you keep making progress towards your goal — be it securing a licensing deal, raising money from investors, appearing on Shark Tank, or building your team — is a crucial skill for all inventors. 

There will be many excellent takeaways for all attendees, regardless of what you are working on specifically.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Schrag was the Director of Research and Development at Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new magnetic imaging tool for semiconductor metrology. During this time, he also served as a visiting scientist at Brown University.

We’re thrilled to have him join us to learn about this unique and important source of funding for cutting-edge innovators.

We hope to see you there!

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