KSEF Events: Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference with Federal Program Officers

Federal SBIR/STTR Tour and 2015 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Brown Hotel Louisville
335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

The Federal SBIR/STTR Tour and 2015 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference, hosted by KSEF/KSTC, is an opportunity for small tech businesses, entrepreneurs, and university researchers to learn about $2.5 billion in Federal SBIR/STTR Program funding Opportunities. SBIR/STTR program officers from several federal agencies will present their agency-specific programs and be available for one-on-one meetings with registrants. Topics include differences in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR), eligibility requirements, and how to win grants.

The annual conference provides opportunities to learn more about Kentucky assistance programs and other State programs for small businesses. The Federal SBIR/STTR Tour and 2015 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference is designed for anyone from universities, the business community, state and local leaders, students and PostDocs. Anyone interested in Small Business Innovation Research and Small Busines Technology Transfer projects and proposal preparation will benefit.


Federal Program Officers and conference speakers will be available for 15-minute pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings during the conference. Registrants are eligible to schedule one time slot with each speaker via the online appointment system which opens on February 23. A limited number of time slots are available on a first come basis. You must be registered before scheduling any one-on one sessions. Conference registrants will be notified by email with details for accessing the online appointment system, which opens Feb 23, 2015.


  Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  Department of defense, Air Force (DoD)
  Department of Defense, Missile Defense (DoD)
  Department of Defense, Navy (DoD)
  Department of Energy (DOE)
  Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection (DHS DNDO)
  National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  National Science Foundation (NSF)
  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


register SBIR ConferenceOnline registration includes presentation materials, light continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Conference registrants are eligible to schedule one-on-one sessions with Federal Program Officers and conference speakers (see "One-On-One Sessions" above). Registration refunds may be available up to ten calendar days before the event; no refunds thereafter.

02/02-02/19 Use discount code VERYEARLY for an additional 10% off the entire early bird
ticket; valid only until midnight Feb 19, 2015
02/02-02/25 a) General -- early bird general registration: $60 first registrant, then $50 for each
additional registration, registered at the same time as the first early bird.
b) Student/PostDoc * -- early bird student/PostDoc: $45
02/26-03/15 Regular registration: $110 regular registration (no discounts)
03/16-03/24 Late registration: $160 online or at the door

* To be eligible for the Student / PostDoc early bird discounted rate, we require an email sent to KSEFPM @ kstc.com by your supervising professor confirming your current status. The online registration must be completed by the Student/PostDoc online deadline and must contain the information associated with your active Student/PostDoc status. Similarly, the status confirmation must be sent to KSEFPM @ kstc.com by the Student/PostDoc Early Bird registration deadline.


7:30 AM  Registration Sign-in and Light Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Welcome Remarks: KSC/KSEF - Mahendra Jain
8:05 AM SBIR/STTR 101: Small Business Administration - John Williams
8:30 AM

Department of Defense - David Sikora, Air Force; Bob Smith, Navy;
Douglas Deason, MDA
9:15 AM Natioal Institutes of Health - Betty Royster 
9:35 AM U.S. Department of Agriculture - Scott Dockum 
10:00 AM Coffee Break and Networking 
10:30 AM National Science Foundation - Lindsay D'Ambrosio 
10:50 AM Department of Energy - Chris O'Gwin
11:10 AM National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Lynn Garrison
11:30 AM  Department of Homeland Security, DNDO - Mitaire Ojaruega 
11:50 AM Lunch 
1:00 PM Department of Commerce - Kelly Wright, NOAA; Mary Clague, NIST
1:30 PM U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - (TBA)
2:00 PM Commercialization / SBIR Accounting
2:30 PM Coffee Break and Networking
3:00 PM

State Funding Programs Managed by KSTC and
Sharing of Experiences by SBIR/STTR Awardees
4:30 PM Closing

Note: One-on-one sessions with Federal Program Officers and conference speakers occur all day,
by appointment (see details above).


SITE -- The Brown Hotel Louisville, 335 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202

Parking at The Brown Hotel is hourly if you arrive after 8:00 AM. We recommend you pay for the discounted parking with your online registration. However, if you plan to arrive before 8:00 AM and are leaving before 6:00 PM, single-entry parking at the Brown Hotel structure is only $5.00.

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS -- A block of rooms is available for speakers and guests under the name of "SBIR Conference". Call 502.583.1234 or 1.888.888.5252 to make your own reservations. Rooms are discounted to $121.00 for single or double. The cut-off date for discounts is March 9, 2015.


This event is made possible by the generous support of the sponsors. The valuable support of the Council on Post-Secondary Education in funding the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation and the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (organizers of the event), is greatly acknowledged.

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Commerce Lexington
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville

For questions regarding this event, contact Debbie Rempfer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.