SBIR/STTR Workshop

Sure, it takes a long time to get SBIR funding, and the application is complex, but many startups in our community have gone from their kitchen table to active labwork using SBIR funds. And the funding can be quite substantial. One company has received more than $5 million in non-dilutive financing from the NCI. The trick is simple: apply as soon as possible, apply as often as possible, and file the most competitive possible grant application you can.

This is where we come in. We promise that if you follow our steps you won’t be among the 20% whose applications are rejected before they even make it to review, and we’ll assure you that you will have a well-structured and competitive application.

QB3 offers three SBIR workshops a year geared towards the NIH submission deadlines of April 5, August 5, and December 5, plus a number of two-session bootcamps on the specifics of NSF SBIRs. See below for details, or contact Adriana Tajonar.

QB3 Summer 2015 NSF SBIR Bootcamp

UCSF Mission Bay

Two 2-hour classes:

First session: Wednesday, May 20, Room 160, Helen Diller Bldg. (1450 Third St.)

Second session: Tuesday, June 9, Room 1406, Mission Hall (550 16th St.)

Please note that this workshop will exclusively focus on the specifics of the NSF application and will not cover the basic information covered in our longer course. For this reason, we recommend that you sign up for this session if you have previously attended the QB3 NIH SBIR workshop or have a basic understanding of the SBIR process.

There are a limited number of seats, so please sign up as soon as possible by registering on Eventbrite and also filling out the online application form.

Our NSF SBIR/STTR workshop will address specific differences between the NSF and NIH applications to successfully file a well-written SBIR/STTR grant application for the June 16 NSF SBIR deadline (June 18 for STTRs). The course culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.

One or more team members from the company should be prepared to attend every session.

Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

Course includes

  • One 2-hour working session, plus one 2-hour filing clinic
  • Ability to access course remotely via web conference
  • Pre-submission review of specific aims by our course instructors


Dates Time Location
5/20(Wed) 2:30 - 4:30 PM Room 160, Helen Diller Bldg.
6/9(Tues) 2:30 - 4:30 PM Room 1406, Mission Hall

Instructor: Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer

Standard rate for the entire workshop: $150 per company

Discounted rate for UC affiliates, QB3 Startup in a Box members, QB3 Incubator members, and QB3 Accelerator members: $50 for entire course per company

Teams registered for the Spring 2015 QB3 NIH SBIR workshop: $0