U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR Program Essentials

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: University of Houston Energy Research Park, 5000 Gulf Freeway
Building #4, 2nd floor
Houston, Texas 77023

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The Federal SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage/high risk R&D funding, with over $2.5 billion awarded annually to qualified small businesses!  The process is complex with a steep learning curve, but the impact of receiving millions in non-dilutive funding is worth the effort.  

Find out if your innovative ideas and research efforts are eligible for funding!  Join multiple time SBIR awardee Jerry Hollister of the SBIR/STTR consulting firm, BBC, to learn about the basics, Department of Energy program details, and commercialization planning.  Also, join Bijo Matthew of the University of Texas at San Antonio SBDC Technology Commercialization Center and learn about SBIR/STTR program assistance available in Texas.  Plus, hear from Chris O’Gwin, Manager of the federal US Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR/STTR Outreach and Assistance program, on the funding opportunities with the DOE programs.

What you’ll walk away with:

  • Program purpose, the difference between SBIR and STTR, and eligibility 
  • Sources of funding and tools for proposal development 
  • How to determine the commercial potential of your technology
  • The importance of market size, customers, and competitors 
  • How to develop financial projections and predict product impact
  • Funding opportunities with the Department of Energy 
  • Resources available in Texas to assist small businesses with the SBIR/STTR program

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Parking included.


  • Jerry Hollister, Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting 
  • Chris O’Gwin, Outreach and Assistance Program Manager, Department of Energy
  • Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bijo Mathew, Director, UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center 

Please click here for the speakers’ bios.

Target Audience:

  • University faculty looking for funding to commercialize their research and technologies.
  • Houston area entrepreneurs interested in learning about the programs.
  • Firms seeking non-dilutive high-risk seed funding to develop their innovations.

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Please note this event will be held at the following location:

University of Houston Energy Research Park  
5000 Gulf Freeway
Building #4, 2nd floor 
Houston, TX 77023