We Hosted a SBIR/STTR Conference

Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology TransferResearch 

Writing Winning Proposals:

Dr. Suzy Young
Director, Office for Proposal Development
University of Alabama Huntsville

Ken Speaks, CEO, RMCI, Inc.

Presentations by SBIR/STTR Program Offices

Moderator:  Col. (Ret.) Terry Griffin, TechHunt

Event Agenda

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U.S. Department of Commerce

Julius Valentine Maina
Policy and Inclusive Innovation SpecialistMinority Business Development Agency

Navy SBIR/STTR STP Transition Program

Chris Willisson
Senior Business Consultant
ATSI Corp (Corp HQ)

National Institute for Health (NIH)

Stephanie Fertig
Division of Translational ResearchNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

U.S. Department of Energy

Chris O'Gwin, Program ManagerOffice of Science Outreach and Program Assistance

Plenary Roundtable: Success Stories: If I Only Knew Then What I know Now

Moderator: Clayton Gibson, Vice President Business and Finance, Alabama A&M University

Sedika Franklin, White House Initiative on HBCUs

M. Scott Lilly, president of the Opportunity Funding Corporation and vice president of programs for Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Sameer Singhal, President and CEO, CFD Research Corporation

AAMU-RISE Foundation

research - innovation - science - engineering

Panelists and their Presentations: Tuesday, April 24

Dr. Chad Womack, national director, STEM initiatives and the Fund II Foundation; STEM Scholars Program for United Negro College Fund. 

AAMU-RISE Foundation Knowledge Sharing Center: Expanding Governmental Contracting and Research Opportunities within HBCUs and MSIs

Latonia Jones
The Knowledge Sharing Center




National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dr. Debasis Majumdar, Program Director
Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)

Roundtable:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship:   A Paradigm Shift for HBCUs and MSIs

Moderator:  Dr. Chance Glenn, Sr., Executive Director, AAMU-RISE Foundation

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About The SBIR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

A Leading HBCU for R&D Contract Opportunities

U.S. Department of Defense - U.S. Army

Lawrence R. Smith, CSEP
Missile SBIR Program Coordinator

Darryl Hughes, CEO/Creative Director, Hughes Who Productions, Inc. 

Keep Networking!

U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Chris Ford

Technical Advisor to the Office of Economic Impact with special emphasis on Technology Transfer


U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

Anthony Aldrich
USSOCOM SBIR Program Manager

About The STTR Program

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is a program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

Barry Posey, Principal Engineer, Scientic, Inc.

Presentations by SBIR/STTR Program Offices

Moderator:  Dr. Chad Womack,  national director, STEM initiatives and the Fund II Foundation; STEM Scholars Program for United Negro College Fund

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Jon Borden
Small Business Specialist
DARPA Small Business Programs Office

Panelists and their Presentations: Monday, April 24

Sami D. Habchi, EVP, Aerospace and Defense Solutions, CFD Research Corp.

Proposal Writing Assistance

Mary Hope Garmon
Project Director
Alabama Economic Development Partnership Assistance and Alabama Launch Pad 

Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

Ms. Sloan Armstrong,
Operations Manager
Advanced Technology Directorate

HBCUs: Our Future in Commercializing Research and Innovation


Rodney Pennywell Chief Strategist,

Pennywell Development Company

Dr. Louise Wrensford

Albany State University

In partnership with:

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Ms.  Gwenevere L Jasper
MSFC SBIR/STTR Technology Transition Lead
ST22/Technology Transfer Office
Marshall Space Flight Center

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Scott Dockum SBIR Program Coordinator/COR  USDA/NIFA