Have You Made an Appointment With an Agency Officer to Discuss Your Proposal?

You can set up an appointment beforehand to talk to an agency officer to discuss your proposal at the SBIR/STTR Conference.

Set up an appointment with an agency officer when you register for the conference through EventBrite. Appointments will 15 minutes long and are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Limit one appointment per registrant.

Once you make an appointment, fill out the Prep Chart in its entirety and watch the presentation below to see what you can do to prepare with your 15-minute appointment.

Appointment Prep Checklist:

1. Review SBIR/STTR On-Line Tutorials

+ Contracts vs. Grants

+ Finding a Topic

+ Agency Introductions

+ Agency Solicitations

2. Complete & Submit a Prep Chart

3. Write down questions


Martin Kleckner III PhD MBA
University of California, Riverside – EPIC SBDC
Office of Technology Partnerships
900 University Avenue, Suite 245, Riverside, CA 92521
Direct: (619) 892-2565 /

Misty Madero, MPA
Principal Contract & Grant Officer
University of California, Riverside Research and Economic Development
T: 951-827-2210 | F: 951-827-4483


SBIR: Small Business Innovation Research STTR: Small Business Technology Transfer Competitive awards-based resources that enable small businesses to develop new tech and facilitate commercialization.

Example Funding Areas: AI, First Responders, National Security, Biomed, Cybersecurity, Advanced Robotics, AgTech, Space Exploration & more!

$2.5 billion of funding is available each year in competitive grant and contract awards. Since 1982, more than $478B awarded to American small businesses.

5,000 awards each year

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