Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Aug. 23, 2007

UI to offer small business grant writing workshop

The University's IOWA Centers for Enterprise, in collaboration with Iowa State University, will offer a workshop for writing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant proposals on Monday, Sept. 10 and Tuesday, Sept. 11 on the UI Oakdale Research Campus in Coralville.

The workshop, presented by Kris Johansen, SBIR/STTR program administrator at ISU, will be held in the Oakdale Hall Gold Room. Johansen designed the workshop for entrepreneurs, small technology companies, small manufacturing firms, university and college research faculty and staff, and service providers. Registration for the workshop will be accepted through Sept. 5; the registration fee is $25 for the first session, $15 for the second session, or $35 for both.

To obtain a registration form, see the IOWA Centers for Enterprise Web site or phone 319-384-2741 and ask for SBIR/STTR registration materials.

A program of the Small Business Administration (SBA), SBIR grants are used to fund early-stage research and development at small technology companies and are designed to stimulate technological innovation, increase private sector commercialization of federal research and development, increase small business participation in federally funded research and development, and foster participation by minority and disadvantaged firms in technological innovation.

The SBA allocates STTR funds for cooperative research and development projects involving small business and research institutions such as universities, federal research and development centers, or nonprofit research institutions.

Awards in these programs are given in two phases: Phase I awards are given to demonstrate project feasibility and can be up to $100,000 for SBIR and $150,000 for STTR; phase II awards are used for project development and prototypes, and can be up to $750,000.

In the first session from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 covering Phase I awards, Johansen will discuss specific aims of SBIR/STTR grants, how to create a work plan, involvement of the company and collaborators, forms and electronic submission and avoiding mistakes as well as provide some examples of successful grants to Iowa companies. The second session about Phase II grants is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 11. This session will focus on differences between funding agencies, commercialization plans, Phase I final reports and Phase II technical proposals, avoiding mistakes and Iowa success stories.

As a senior scientist at two biotechnology companies, Johansen has contributed to the preparation of several successful SBIR applications to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Johansen earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Master of Science in immunobiology from ISU.

"Over the years many affiliates of the UI's business incubator and research park have received SBIR and STTR awards, but Johansen's workshop can improve that success rate and encourage more proposals from Iowa entrepreneurs because these federal awards can be instrumental in taking projects from development to product commercialization," said Tom Bauer, associate director of the UI Technology Innovation Center business incubator. "We've already had strong interest in this workshop from numerous companies and individuals at Oakdale and throughout the Technology Corridor as well as elsewhere in Iowa."

The IOWA Centers for Enterprise integrates existing economic development activities at the UI, offers a comprehensive program that promotes economic development and technology transfer, provides assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, and helps the state of Iowa develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce. IOWA Centers for Enterprise optimizes the flow of university intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Bauer, UI Technology Innovation Center, 319-335-4067; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,