A New Environment for Commercialization Funding: Update on the National Cancer Institute's SBIR/STTR Opportunities

Interested in learning more about Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs?

Tuesday, September 24
Research Auditorium, Building 10, North Campus Research Complex
4:00pm-5:30pm Session
5:30pm-6:30pm Networking
RSVP Required

Special Guest:
Ming Zhao, PhD, Program Director, the National Cancer Institute’s SBIR Development Center

Dr. Ming Zhao
Ming Zhao, Ph.D.

The SBIR Program funds early-stage research and development at small businesses. And a unique feature of the STTR Program is the requirement for the small business applicant organization to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. Both programs are the NIH’s engine of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products toprevent, diagnose, and treat human diseases.

At this FREE event you’ll hear more about:

  • Cancer-focused federal funding for small businesses and faculty opportunities for NIH SBIR/STTR and contract funding opportunities from NCI.
  • Current and upcoming changes in NIH’s SBIR/STTR programs.
  • Practical strategies for developing successful proposals.


Dr. Zhao is available for individual meetings with U-M faculty 11:00am-3:00pm, September 24. To schedule, contact Jayne Berkaw at jayne@bbcetc.com by September 18.

Other speakers will include:

  • Jack Miner, Director, U-M Venture Center
  • Michael Kurek, PhD, MBA, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting
  • Andrea Johanson, PhD, Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

“Fast forwarding” commercial projects is a key mission of the UMHS Strategic Research Initiative, and the Office of Research and its Business Development team are excited to host this unique opportunity for you learn from a panel of proven experts. 

Co-sponsored by UMMS Business DevelopmentU-M Office of the Vice President for Research, U-M Tech Transfer, and BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting.

Questions? Contact Ann Curtis in the Office of Research at accurtis@umich.edu.