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Q Founder Series | SBIR/STTR: A Program Supporting Innovation in R&D

When: Monday, July 15, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: 1801 Maple Avenue, Suite 1400, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The SBIR/STTR program is a federal grant and contracting program that awards more than $3 billion a year to small businesses to support the commercialization of innovative technology.  Are you missing out on this great opportunity? Join SBIR/STTR consultant Kris Parmelee for a lunch and learn opportunity that will cover the following key points about the program:

- Definition of the Program
- Eligibility
- Key Elements of an SBIR/STTR Project 
- Overview of Participating Federal Agencies with an emphasis on NSF and NIH
- Steps to Get Started 

The SBIR/STTR program represents the largest single source of non-dilutive funding. This workshop will provide an introductory overview to this complex and highly competitive program. Register to learn more!  


Lunch and refreshments will be provided to those attending in-person. Those wishing to attend this seminar online can do so HERE.


Kris Parmelee
President | Parmelee Consulting Group Inc.

Kristen (Kris) Parmelee specializes in Federal proposals, specifically to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Proposal expertise includes large consortia projects as well as extensive SBIR/STTR projects. Parmelee has contributed to the preparation and submission of over 500 proposals throughout the course of her career. These proposals include large, multi-institution proposals with over 100 team members, applications to support clinical trials, and a multitude of SBIR/STTR projects, making her acutely aware of trends and themes among granting agencies and review panels. She works closely with a wide range of small businesses, research institutions, incubators and accelerators, and other leading consultancies to support faculty and small business owners through the preparation of large federal proposals. Her depth of experience in the grant writing field has allowed her to create a highly refined process that provides maximum efficiency and results in quality and competitive proposals. After more than 24 years as a consultant, Kris has developed long-term relationships with many of her clients. It’s not just about a single project; it’s about creating opportunities for meaningful engagement and growth—for both PCG, Inc. and the client. Kristen Parmelee is a proud graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Butler University.

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