Oct. 26, 2011

Lab participating in small business seminar

LLNL's Benjamin Grover will be a featured speaker at a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program grant presentation hosted by the Small Business Development Centers of Northern California at the City of Livermore's i-GATE Innovation Hub on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Employees are invited to tour the facility and learn more about the NEST incubator and the services it offers for start-ups, attend the seminar on SBIR grants  and attend the networking mixer afterward.

Grover is currently on assignment from the Computation Directorate to the Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) to help facilitate industrial outreach and business development for ASCR via the SBIR/STTR program.

The SBIR/STTR program is a highly competitive federal government initiative that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development opportunities that have the potential for commercialization. Awards from this program provide vital exposure and funding streams for early stage businesses.

The Livermore i-GATE, or Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence, is a state designated Innovation Hub designed to support small businesses and maximize the economic potential of green transportation and clean-energy technologies. A business incubator at i-GATE provides office space, mentoring, and other important services to help entrepreneurs and young companies launch successfully. LLNL and Sandia Labs/California are members of the i-GATE regional coalition, along with the County of Alameda, area cities, and business, education and workforce organizations. Grover, and representatives from the Small Business Development Centers, will discuss the SBIR/STTR program, eligibility criteria, awards process, and provide tips on how to write an effective grant proposal. A particular focus of the presentation will be on research areas that are aligned with the work of the new High Performance Computing Innovation Center in the Livermore Valley Open Campus.

The presentation will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. Go to the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for registration and additional information. The i-GATE Innovation Hub is located at 7693 Longard Road in Livermore.