KSEF Event: SBIR/STTR Intensive Writing Clinic

Two-Day SBIR/STTR Intensive Writing Clinic

with Dr. Robert E. Berger - September 19, 20, and 27, 2018

The Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation (KSEF) is organizing this two-day SBIR/STTR Intensive Writing Workshop on September 19, 20 and 27 in Louisville, KY. This hands-on clinic will focus on writing techniques as the central mode of learning to develop a successful and elegantly written SBIR/STTR proposal.   


The clinic will be led by Dr. Robert E. Berger, author of "A Scientific Approach to Writing for Engineers and Scientists", with the active participation of peers and KSEF staff.

About the Workshop
The intended workshop participant is a person with some level of SBIR/STTR writing experience - such as a prior applicant, a first time Phase I awardee who is preparing to submit a Phase II, or a first-time applicant with some experience in proposal writing.
  • This writing clinic will help participants develop and enhance their technical writing skills, to significantly improve the content and presentation in their SBIR or STTR application, for future federal submissions.
  • It will enable companies to develop a systematic approach for preparing high quality Federal SBIR and STTR Phase I and Phase II proposals (and improving success rates and increase winning proposals from Kentucky). 
  • The goal of this clinic is to train generations of individuals at small businesses or universities, who are passionate about their discoveries, to become more successful as SBIR/STTR grant writers for the proposed topic.
  • The value of this free event includes the critique and edits of the submitted written material by Dr. Robert Berger and peers. The edited/critiqued drafts will be returned to the applicants for discussion, revision, reformatting, and rewriting.
  • At the conclusion of the two-day clinic, participants will also be guaranteed a Phase Zero or Phase Double Zero grant related to the proposal presented at the Clinic, up to $3,000 -- provided the company (a)meets eligibility and requirements of the Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero Program and (b)submits the "regular" Phase Zero or Phase Double Zero application per the KSEF system.
  • Participants must be preparing to submit an SBIR or STTR Phase I or Phase II proposal in the near future (e.g. submission deadlines between September 2017 and June 2018), on an eligible topic, and to an identified federal agency.
  • Participants must have a significant portion of the conceptual argument of the proposal written by no later than Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (see "Home Work" above).
  • A format based on Dr. Berger's book will be provided after the pre-registration interview.
  • Participants must be up to date (i.e. not past due or in default) with all reporting requirements and deliverables for all KSTC-managed programs.
  • An option to audit the clinic will be provided for those who cannot commit or are not actively working on a submission. 


This workshop includes two full days: Tuesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day. This is an intensive writing, active participating, vigorous hands-on writing clinic.

  • Applicants must commit to attending the complete two-day workshop (all day, both days). Failure to attend the full event will result in forfeiting the Phase Zero or Phase Double Zero funding for the current application topic.
  • Registrants will have to submit a required proposal write-up by Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:00 Noon ET  (see "Home Work" above).
  • Applicants must have attended basic SBIR/STTR training (e.g. webinars, workshops, federal road tour event, or other such meeting sessions).
  • Applicants must be preparing to submit a Phase I or Phase II SBIR/STTR proposal to an already identified federal agency and topic. If appropriate, the applicant must have already contacted the agency and program officer.

Application for Registration

  • This event, valued at $1,000 per person, is free, but limited by room capacity. Admission to the Clinic will be through a pre-registration and selection. Pre-registration does not guarantee a spot in the clinic.
  • People completing the online Application for Registration will be contacted by the Executive Director KSEF for pre-screening and registration approval.
  • Each applicant will be interviewed and participants must commit to all requirements and eligibility to qualify for this intensive two-day writing workshop.
  • In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1993, reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made; please request at least two weeks in advance.
University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Education, Woodward Hall Room 307, 550 South Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506.

Demystifying Communication
IEEE Press Series Editor, Traci Nathans-Kelly, PhD, Describes Dr. Berger's approach to writing as, "...demystify(ing) communication strategies so that...advancements can happen more smoothly and with more predictable and positive results."

Respond Now: Limited Seats
Do not miss this opportunity! This event is available a maximum of once a year and will not be repeated until 2018. Submit your application for registration now.


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


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