SBIR/STTR Proposal  Workshop by Dr. T. Boult

El Pomar Institute of Innovation and Commercialization

Sponsored by the  UCCS Bachelor of Innovaiton and EPIIC.

This workshop is a full day (9am-5pm)  introduction to effective Small Business Innovation Research Proposal Preparation.   The first and last segments get into details of the SBIR program, while the middle section is a good introduction to effective proposal writing for any small group/team proposal effort.   Its appropriate from anyone from the CEO to undergraduate students — anyone can benefit from learning to write winning proposals.  The format will be a mixture of lecture with examples. Sample proposal and budgets will be provided in electronic form to those that RSVP.   While Dr. Boult has done these workshops for up $150 per attendee in other locations, this EPIIC/BI  sponsored version is free.   The day will include a (simple) lunch, and space is limited to the first 50 people responding,  so it is important to RSVP.

Please RSVP via email to as well as formally registering (and paying) at ???????

     Subject:    SBIR Innovation Proposals  RSVP
(This subject is need to ensure it gets through Dr. Boults agressive spam filter).   In the body of the email please include 
     Name, organization, email
     General area of technology/interest       
     Any specific Sbir/Organizations  of interest
     What part of day you expect to attend. (if partial) 


Workshop Location

The workshop will be held on Monday May 20 at Bachelor of Innovation Lab A206 Obsborne Center at UCCS.  Because this is after classess campus should be free. Park in lot 4 (in front of clock tower), up the steps.  Osborne Center SENG is the new large building on the left of the circular plaza.   A206 is just inside the first door on the right.  If you get to the main SENG entrance (with a large pendulum), you went to far, so turn right and the go down the hall on the right. 

This will be an interactive presentation and the schedule may slip.  The expected agenda is as follows:

8:30   -9:00     Pre-meeting Coffee/Setup
9:00  -10:30    SBIR/STTR Program Introduction/Changes 
10:30-10:40         Coffee/bio Break
10:40-12:30     Writing Winning  Proposals
12:30-14:00     Lunch/bio Break and   With invited speakers current/past DOD SBIR program mangers, Adam Sand and Terence Andre
14:00-14:30     Finish Effective Proposal Writing and discuss effective teaming
14:30-14:45        Break
14:45-16:30     Proposal Budgets, Accounting, and Commercialization
16:30-17:00     IP issues for SBIR/STTR.


General Information 

SBIR/STTR funding is government R&D funding that requires no repayment, no equity dilution and no “external control” 

This workshop, for small businesses and entrepreneurs, is being put on by Dr. Boult, who has been doing SBIRs and SBIR seminars for a decade.  The goal of the workshop is to review the SBIR/STTR program and what it takes to produce winning proposals. It will include

  • A brief SBIR/STTR program introduction
  • The size and scope of the various agencies SBIR/STTR programs
  • Finding topics
  • Forming teams and doing background research for the proposal
  • Basic proposal preparation including narrative and budget preparation
  • Proposal submission process
  • Review process, and time-lines
  • Phase I Reporting strategies
  • General Strategies for producing winning proposals


Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for budding entrepreneurs, small business owners, students and faculty, who are interested in innovative research funding – even if you do not have a technical staff or a business. SBIR/STTR programs offer the potential for partnerships for innovation, and UCCS/EPIIC hopes to play a role in helping build such partnerships. For that reason the workshop may also be of value to technologists (and faculty) that have innovative ideas and are seeking business partners, or to companies looking to partner to gain/advance technology.  The sections on general proposal writing can be valuable for any person that needs to write proposal for business or for research. 

It is important to realize that not all of the SBIR/STTR funding is for “high-technology”. There are programs from the Department of Education, USDA, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, National Geospatial Agency as well as the more traditional High-technology focus of programs from NIH, DOD, DHS, DOE, NSF, NASA. The key component is that they all focus “research” in their respective area. However, if you do not feel you have the technical background for research, but your business needs research to succeed and grow, then the SBIR/STTR program may provide a means for you to partner and get some R&D funding.  Especially since we at UCCS BI program routinely partner with companies and provide technology support. 

This works is for those doing innovation proposal.  It is not well suited for those seeking philanthropic grants, or Small Business Loans.   


Comments from past workshops

  • Enjoyed presentation – many items highlighted & was more specific on items that previous SBIR presentation I attended.
  • Lots of valuable information. Terrance really knows his stuff.
  • Thanks for getting a tremendous amount of info into a short time — and for the advanced mailing of slides/notes for review & follow-up use.
  • Good program & informative/very helpful in making me think about all phases of SBIR — what can be done & when. Learned SBIR/STTR a lot different from RO-1 research grant.
  • Valuable & eye opening. Will recommend the fall version to friends
  • I got a lot more information about how to go about this than I expected.


About the presenter

   The workshop will be presented by Dr. Terrance Boult, the El Pomar Chair of Innovation and Security at U. Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Boult has nearly 2 decades of successful proposal writing experience, raising tens of millions for his research at Columbia Univ, Lehigh Univ and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Boult has been involved in 3 startup companies, all of which have used SBIRs as part of their growth strategy. He has been actively involved in the SBIR and STTR program for more than a decade.   Since joining UCCS and EPIIC, Dr. Boult and his teams have  worked with over dozen local companies on successful SBIR/STTR proposals bringing over 12 million dollars to the partner companies and the University. Dr. Boult has partnered with many companies in the Southern Colorado Region, as well working with companies from Denver/Boulder, the Bay area, Virginia, and Boston area on successful Phase I and Phase II proposals.