UAF Partnership Wins SBIR Catalyst Award
October 6, 2021
A collaborative partnership including UAF was recently awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research Catalyst award to strengthen ties between stakeholders supporting the SBIR/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) applicants and awardees.
UAF is collaborating with the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, the University of Idaho, and TechLink at Montana State University. Together, these organizations have a long history of providing support to diverse clients, serving women-owned and minority-owned businesses, and businesses located in rural areas.
“We’re thrilled to bring the combined SBIR expertise of New Mexico, Alaska, Idaho and Montana to small businesses owned by Alaska’s underrepresented populations, which have enormous potential to take a lead in defining Alaska’s future economy,” said Mark Billingsley, director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, and director of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.
Through this collaboration, the team will partner to run the Mesas to Mountains SBIR Support Program. This program will consist of two comprehensive and holistic virtual SBIR/STTR accelerators open to participants from all four states. These accelerators will guide participants through submitting a complete and compelling SBIR/STTR proposal package, protecting and commercializing their technology, and connecting with research institutions for technology transfer opportunities. Participants will also receive one-on-one guidance and personalized mentorship. The program will culminate in a two-day event focused on furthering participating businesses’ development and growth strategies.