SBIR Workshop, UCSF (6 sessions from Sept. 26 to Dec. 19)

Schedule (all classes are on Tuesdays. Location is 212 Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay)

Sept. 26, 11 am – 2 pm
Oct. 10, 1 pm – 4 pm **Note different time slot!**
Oct. 24, 11 am – 2 pm Optional session on Specific Aims
Nov. 7, 11 am – 2 pm
Dec. 12, 11 am – 2 pm
Dec. 19, 11 am – 2 pm

Eventbrite - QB3 SBIR workshop at UCSF, Fall 2017

This workshop will take you through all the steps necessary to successfully file a well-written NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for the January 5, 2018 deadline. Taking the workshop you will learn how to craft an appropriate research plan, obtain persuasive letters of support, develop an efficient budget, and anticipate reviewers’ comments. We will help you speed through the application instructions, saving you hours of time. Results from past attendees indicate that taking this course triples your chances of success. The workshop culminates in a submission clinic that will ensure your application is correctly filed.

One or more team members (up to 3) from the company should be prepared to attend every session. Remember to bring your laptop; these will be working sessions.

The course includes five working sessions and a pre-submission review of specific aims by our course instructors.


  • Understanding the eligibility requirements of an SBIR grant

  • Preparing to apply for an SBIR (company formation, registration at all required websites, identifying the best PI)

  • Assembling all the necessary parts of the application (letters of support, sub-contract quotes and letters, facilities description, research plan, etc.)

  • Strategies for designing your specific aims

  • Budget strategies and restrictions

  • Complete and convincing budget justifications

  • Documentation required to use human samples, human subjects and vertebrate animals

  • What makes a competitive proposal

  • Common mistakes that applicants make

  • Filing in forms and submission process

  • Re-submission if your grant is not funded

  • Phase II SBIR applications

  • Searching for program announcements and finding non-dilutive funding opportunities

Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer
Ioana Aanei, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager, QB3
Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Marketing & Communications, QB3

Fee Structure
General Admission: $750
Startup in a Box members: $100

Note: Startup in a Box fee for UC founder: $250, non-UC founder: $350. More information on the program is available here.

Email Ioana Aanei with any questions.