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June 12, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Workshop
Location: 5057 Woodward 6th Floor, Conference Room A | Map
5057 Woodward
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Join NIH expert, Andrea Johanson, PhD, for this session on NIH SBIR/STTR proposal planning.  Andrea will give you a clear understanding of NIH SBIR/STTR program goals. She will provide advice on how to:

  • Choose the Institute or Center best "fits" your project,
  • Talk to NIH,
  • Develop a strategic plan for your project,
  • Write a strong Specific Aims,
  • Approach other sections of the proposal, and
  • Meet reviewer expectations.

Optional One-on-One Meetings: 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.                          Bring your questions and discuss your project with Andrea. Get information, guidance and tips.

Cost: WSU attendees: Use promo code “WSU104”; All others: $50

Andrea Johanson, PhD, Principal Consultant, BBCetc                                                                                 Andrea has over 20 years of experience in leading international collaborative research projects. Prior to joining BBC in 2006, she was responsible for developing a portfolio of agricultural biotechnology projects at Michigan State University’s Institute of International Agriculture, and for reporting to federal funding agencies about the program. She holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Reading University, in the UK, a Masters in Plant Pathology from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

About BBCetc                                                                                BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting manages the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, which provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with costs covered in whole or in part by the state. BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. Its Michigan clients have been awarded over $171 million in funding since 2002. Learn more at / 734.930.9741.

About the Wayne State Technology Commercialization Office:  The goal of WSU’s Technology Commercialization Office is to provide high level, quality assistance and services to WSU researchers and our industry partners, to maximize the availability of next generation technologies that will benefit society worldwide. The TC Office is responsible for the identification, protection, marketing and licensing of intellectual property developed by WSU researchers, and promotes an entrepreneurial culture, supports start-up ventures and regional economic development. TC also offers several programs to support technology validation, venture development and entrepreneurial education. To learn more about the Technology Commercialization Office at Wayne State, visit

For more information about this event, please contact Bramdon Stawiasz at 313-577-5622 or