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NH Inspires Innovation

NH Inspires Innovation

Attend a one day NSF-SBIR Proposal Workshop by Michael Kurek, PhD, MBA, partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, on Wednesday, March 20 in UNH's Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, Durham, NH. Faculty registration & assessments are being funded by the NHIRC to help faculty increase their potential to receive SBIR/STTR funding.  Details and registration are online at:

The SBIR program conducts a project through three phases:

Phase I is the entry point to the program; it cannot be bypassed, proposals submitted in response to the solicitation topics are competitively selected for Phase I awards. In Phase I, the company must prove the feasibility of its concept.

Phase II is a substantial R&D effort, spanning two years, and is intended to result in a dual-use prototype product or service meeting the requirements of the original solicitation topic and which can be made commercially viable.

Phase III is the goal of every SBIR effort, and represents the commercialization phase of the program. In Phase III, the successful company markets the products or services developed in Phase II, either to the government or in the commercial sector. No SBIR funds can be used in Phase III.

The intention of SBIR is that each company receiving an investment of SBIR funds during Phases I and II should now be prepared to compete in the commercial marketplace in Phase III.

"NH Inspires Innovation" is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center and the University of New Hampshire, designed to bring SBIR grant information and advice to NH , thereby  increasing opportunities for growth of federal- and state-funded research partnerships.


Gretchen Smith

Program Manager, New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, UNH

(603) 862-0123 /

Last Updated: 3/6/13