NSF SBIR Workshop


The NSF SBIR program is distinctive in its focus on funding companies with novel, high-risk technologies up to $1.5M. Many startups in the Bay Area fit this description and are often strong candidates for an SBIR grant. However, the SBIR program is quite competitive, and crafting and properly submitting a strong proposal is often a daunting challenge, especially for first-time applicants. The goal of this workshop is to help suitable companies in the Bay Area put forth highly competitive proposals, thus increasing their likelihood of success.

This workshop is targeting the June 2019 submission and includes:

  • Three 3-hour class sessions taught by a former NSF SBIR reviewer
  • 1-on-1 office hours for personalized feedback

Workshop schedule:

  • Apr 18: Keys to a strong proposal, eligiblity and required registrations, pre-submission feedback from NSF
  • Apr 25: Deep dive into each component of the proposal, including commercialization plan, technical plan, and budget
  • May 9: NSF’s proposal evaluation process, FastLane and submission process, what to do when you do/don’t get awarded

Workshop fee:

  • $360 (2 seats per company)
  • Note: teams/companies that have completed the NSF I-Corps short course or national program can receive a 15% discount. Contact Eugene Noh (eugenenoh@berkeley.edu) for the discount code or more information about I-Corps.


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The lead instructor will be Ayman Fawaz who is a co-founder and president of orgo.ai Inc., a software company that optimizes staffing levels for shifts in the OR, and automates shifts assignment to nursing staff based on their seniority and preferences. In addition, he advises corporations on innovation and new business strategies. For 10 years, Ayman was at Siemens Technology-To-Business Center, where he worked on strategic innovation initiatives and partnerships with start-ups. He covered a variety of topics including data analytics and mobile for industrial automation, as well as energy storage. Ayman received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and his Bachelor of Engineering from American University of Beirut. He is co-inventor on 10 patents.

More about the NSF SBIR/STTR program:

For 40 years, America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services. The NSF focuses on high-risk, high-impact technologies — those that show promise but whose success hasn’t yet been validated — and each year, the NSF awards nearly $190 million in funding to entrepreneurs across the country. The NSF hopes to foster innovation and help create businesses and jobs in the United States, and companies that have received NSF SBIR/STTRs have since gone on to tremendous success.