NSF SBIR Workshop - June 2018 Submission

Do you think you have a great business idea, but need funding?

Consider applying for SBIR/STTR grant funding! 

Developing SBIR/STTR proposals is a complex process with a steep learning curve, but the impact of receiving up to $1.5M in non-dilutive funding is worth the effort! First-time applicants are often daunted by the intricacies of the grant submission and review process, and unsure about how to interact with funding agency staff.


This three-session workshop is scheduled to coincide with the June 2018 deadline and includes:

  • Three 2-hour classes taught by a former NSF Program Director
  • Two Webinars reviewing eligibility and accounting
  • Characteristics of a competitive proposal and insight into what reviewers are looking for
  • 1-on-1 office hours with a former program director or experienced proposal reviewer to provide personalized feedback

Workshop schedule:

  • April 18: How to Craft a Competitive Proposal
  • April 25: Do's and Don'ts for the Proposal Components
  • May 2: No class session, optional office hours and optional webinar on budget accounting
  • May 9: Mock Proposal Review, Executing on the SBIR Phase I

Free Info Session (March 28) that will cover:

  • What the workshop will provide
  • What NSF SBIR is looking for
  • Pre-workshop preparation
  • After you sign up here, you will receive a link for the webinar

The lead instructor is Dr. Josephine Yuen, a former NSF SBIR Program Director, who has a 30 career in industry that included C-level executive positions in venture-back technology startup companies. Moreover, she has over a decade of experience as a proposal reviewer: for NSF’s SBIR program, NSF’s Small Business/Engineering Research Center Collaborative Opportunity (SECO) program, and VentureWell’s E-Team program. Dr. Yuen was also an adjunct professor with the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where she taught MBA and EMBA courses in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.


Errol Arkilic, the Chief Executive Officer for M34 Capital, is a guest instructor. Before co-founding M34 Capital, Errol was the founding and lead program director for the NSF I-Corps program. He led the I-Corps effort from its inception until July 2013. Previously, he was the lead software and services Program Director for the NSF SBIR program. Before his government service, Errol was founder and CEO at StrataGent Lifesciences and Manager of Product Engineering at Redwood Microsystems. Errol is also a founder of USRCA, a non-profit that focuses on entrepreneur education for science and engineering graduates. Errol earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University and a Masters and Ph.D. degree in Aero/Astro Engineering from MIT.