SBIR Road Tour

SBIR Road Tour The 2017 National SBIR Road Tour was a great success!!!

Check back for details on the upcoming Idaho SBIR Road Tour…

2017 National SBIR Road Tour

The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Boise, ID on May 2nd to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies, representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding, will participate in a one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across Idaho.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to access $2.5B in early stage technology funding, and meet 1-on-1 with funding decision makers.


  • 7:45 am: Doors & Registration Open
  • 8:00 am: Breakfast Served
  • 8:15 am: Opening Remarks / Welcome
  • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm: Representatives from National Agencies (Main Stage)
  • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm: 1:1 Meetings with Agency SBIR/STTR Program Managers
  • 12:00 pm- Lunch Served
  • 12:30 pm: Local Keynote Speaker
  • 1:00 pmPanel 1: Stories form Idaho SBIR Award Winners
    Featuring Shawn Perkins from Advanced Ceramic Fibers, Aaron Smith from Shaw Mountain and Jai Jaiprakash from Kairosys.
  • 2:00 pmPanel 2: Local Resources for Idaho Small Businesses
    Featuring representatives from Trailhead, New Ventures Lab, the Idaho Technology Council and SBDC Regional Directors.
  • 3:00 pmPanel 3: Partnering with Research Institutions
    Featuring Stephanie Cook form Idaho National Labs, Katie Ritter from Boise State University’s Tech Transfer, Jeremy Tamsen from the University of Idaho, and representatives from Idaho State University.
  • 4:00 pm – 4:30pmSmall Business Matchmaking: A Team-Building Networking Event
    Featuring connected experts and professionals from across Idaho.Additional details will be posted in the days to come. Watch this space for more information!

SBIR Agencies Funding Priorities Overviews and Panels

Engaging Panel Sessions:

  • How to use SBIR to Seed Fund your Innovative Ideas
  • Business with the Warfighter: Technology Alignment, Opportunities and Funding (Defense-focused)
  • Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes

Engaging your local Innovation Ecosystem:

  • How to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers and technology entrepreneurs.
  • Idaho’s SBIR Phase 0 Program, which reimburses small businesses for costs associated with SBIR applications.
  • Local incubators and startup organizations such as Trailhead, New Ventures Lab and the Idaho Tech Council.

Register Today to Reserve Your One-on-One Meeting with SBIR/STTR Program Managers from: (registration now closed)

  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Defense – Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Navy (USN)
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Click here to download the SBIR Road Tour Flyer.

About the SBIR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide approximately $2.5 billion annually in non-dilutive early-stage technology funding to small businesses. The SBIR Road Tour is an opportunity for tech startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to learn how to access this funding, meet one-on-one with decision makers, and connect with local state innovation ecosystem members. This one-day event will provide attendees, including women and minority entrepreneurs, the opportunity to engage with representatives from various SBIR/STTR agencies.