Workshop to help business owners learn how to obtain federal funding

Sep 1, 2009 | General News

Small business owners will have an opportunity to learn how to receive federal funding for research from a former U.S. Department of Energy program manager at a Tuesday, Sept. 29 workshop.

Led by Dr. Robert Berger, who will explain how to understand the government’s research priorities, demonstrate a business’ ability to produce an effective solution and present a proposal that gains funding.

The workshop will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Louisiana Tech’s Technology Transfer Center in Shreveport. In addition to hearing from Berger, participants will have a chance to network with organizations and individuals throughout the region and improve their chances of securing Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer funds for business startup.

The SBIR Program provides initial funding of up to $100,000 for determining the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Ongoing projects may be awarded up to $750,000 to advance the research and pursue commercialization of the technology.

Participants receive one day of training, a copy of the training manual and lunch. Payment for the event is $75 before Monday, Sept. 14 and $90 afterwards. The cost for university faculty, staff and students who register by Sept. 14 is $25 and $35 afterwards.

For additional information and registration, contact the Technology Business Development Center at or at (318) 257-3537.

Written by Judith Roberts