Federal research grants, venture funding to be subject of workshop

The Nevada Small Business Development Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, and C4Cube will sponsor a workshop next month to help companies link up with federal agencies or other potential funding sources.

This workshop focuses on funding for small businesses available under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as well as angel and venture funding for innovative, high-technology companies.

The workshop will be Dec. 2-3 at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. Cost is $175 for registration by Nov. 26, and $200 afterwards.

Fritz Grupe, the Small Business Innovation Research program manager for the Nevada Small Business Development Center at UNR, says that the workshop will include representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation and the National Institutes of Health.

The Department of Defense and NASA may also participate.

These agencies support the Small Business Innovation Research Program. They represent 11 agencies that each year give grants totaling $2.6 billion dollars to high technology companies through a competitive process.

At least five angel and venture funding organizations also are participating. They include C4Cube, Reno Angels, U.S. Angels, Highway 12 Ventures and the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Group.

For more information about the workshop www.nsbdc.org/education/calendar or contact Grupe at 813-7407 or fritz@unr.edu.

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