Calling all innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs!
2022 America's Seed Fund Week was a virtual, collaborative outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies and the organizations that support them to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which provide over $4 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.
2022 America's Seed Fund Week provided attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 7,000 new awards annually and to engage with program decision-makers.
The week may be over, but you can still take advantage of the resources provided.
1. The Video section of this website contains the recorded content from the 2022 America's Seed Fund Week. It's a wealth of information!
2. The Resources section below contains simple, short presentations from each federal agency that will help you navigate which SBIR programs might be the best fit for you. There are also some simple overviews of the SBIR/STTR program.
3. Sign up for important and helpful updates about the SBIR program here.
4. When you're ready to begin your SBIR/STTR journey, go to SBIR.gov.
America's Seed Fund RESOURCES
Below you'll find the America's Seed Fund overview presentation as well as a simple Fact Sheet. In addition, there are 11 Federal Agencies that manage America’s Seed Fund investments, and we have information about them below. Each agency funds a variety of topics, so it’s important to learn about each of them as you prepare to apply for funding!
These videos are from the live events that took place July 18-22, 2022 and are filled with information about getting started with America's Seed Fund, specifically the SBIR and STTR programs.
SBA Welcome & Getting Started with America’s Seed Fund
Join John Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology for the Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) within the US Small Business Administration (SBA), to learn more about the exciting panels and events lined up as we kick off America’s Seed Fund Week.
Learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as America’s Seed Fund, during this panel. We will provide a general overview of the SBIR/STTR programs and answer questions about how to get started, agency prerequisites, required registrations, nuances between granting and contracting agencies, and more!
Inside the Head of an Evaluator
Join Agency Program Managers as they share common and avoidable mistakes made by applicants, as well as candid insights for preparing more competitive proposals. The panel will also touch on items required by the SBIR Policy Directive to be reviewed at any SBIR program.
Success in Phase I, Phase II & Beyond
This panel will answer questions about agency nuances in moving from Phase I to Phase II and on to Phase III; what do companies that make successful transitions look like? What milestones do the agencies look for in each transition? How important are letters of support? What supplements are available? What initiatives and programs do you do as an agency to support awardees to move into the marketplace – whether general or government?
Federal Laboratory Consortium & United States Patent and Trademark Office Panels
Federal Laboratory Consortium: Connecting w/ the Federal Laboratory Ecosystem Experts from federal laboratories and the FLC (Federal Laboratory Consortium) discuss technology development and commercialization opportunities and capabilities for entrepreneurs looking to leverage the federal laboratory ecosystem as part of their go-to-market strategy. Paul Zielinski of the FLC will moderate a panel comprised of Jenna Dix, Navy; Michael Salgaller, National Cancer Institute; David Kistin, Sandia National Laboratories; and Corin Hindenach, FLC for Q&A.
EDT US Patent and Trademark Office and US Copyright Office: Protecting Your Creativity and Innovation Patent, trademark, and copyright subject matter experts share useful information about intellectual property protections for entrepreneurs, as well as resources and initiatives from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and USCO (US Copyright Office). Attendees will also learn more about programming and initiatives for underserved communities, including USPTO’s Invention-Con 2022 and USCO’s Copyright for All initiatives.
SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.