INVO Seminar | SBIR Workshop

INVO Seminar | SBIR Workshop

For Northwestern community members (faculty, post docs, students) who would like to learn more about non-dilutive funding from the government:

An NIH expert, Stephanie Fertig (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)) will discuss and answer questions related to SBIR/STTR grants. 

What is an SBIR/STTR?

What is the difference between an SBIR/STTR?

How do I find funding announcements for entrepreneurial resources?

What separates a good SBIR/STTR application from a bad SBIR/STTR application?

How can I improve my SBIR/STTR application?


In addition to this seminar, Stephanie Fertig is willing to meet with investigators in one-on-one conferences which will be scheduled on a first come/first serve basis. Please email Dimitra Georganopoulou ( if you are interested.


Stephanie J. Fertig is the Director, NINDS Small Business Programs in the Office of Translational Research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). During her almost 15 years at NIH she has led the development and implementation of multiple programs focused on small businesses and translational research. Currently, Ms. Fertig manages both the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are congressionally mandated set-aside programs specifically for small business concerns. In addition, she co-leads the BRAIN Initiative team focused on training and dissemination of technologies.