Looking for non-dilutive funding through the SBIR/STTR program?  Want expert personalized assistance?

The Life Science Washington Institute SBIR/STTR Assistance Program is a comprehensive program to increase participation by Washington state life science ventures. Its objective is to make writing and submitting an SBIR or STTR grant proposal easy and effective.  We are pleased to have assistance provided by experts who have extensive experience teaching the art of writing and winning SBIR/STTR grants.


 “Demystifying SBIR/STTR Funding Routes- NIH Deepdive”

January 10, 2024, May 15, 2024, September 2024


  • Planning on submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal in the next 12 months?
  • Interested in learning more about the program?
  • Supporting SBIR/STTR applicants?
  • From an academic institution interested in working with SBIR/STTR applicants as subcontractors and supporting personnel?


  • Current information on SBIR/STTR programs
  • Strategies for targeting your proposal to address the requirements of the NIH
  • How to approach each section of your proposal
  • Planning your commercialization strategy
  • Writing to meet the reviewers’ expectations
  • Common problems and pitfalls and how to avoid them


Demystifying SBIR/STTR Funding Routes Virtual Grant Writing Bootcamp series

    • This series is for anyone interested in learning more about SBIR and STTR funding opportunities and those who want to effectively compete for these awards to develop and commercialize innovative technologies. At the end of the series, participants will be equipped and prepared to submit a proposal for SBIR or STTR funding. The bootcamp serves as an “intro” to these funding routes, and prepares you to participate in the full-day intensive workshop detailed below.
    • Takes place ~10 weeks prior to each SBIR/STTR submission deadline cycle.
  • Agency-specific Presentations
    • Occasionally, Program Directors from granting agencies will conduct half-day seminars on specific requirements and tips for applying for funding through their agency.
    • These presentations are also followed by individual advisory meetings to receive personalized feedback on your proposal.
  • Individual Consults
    • Individual consultations are available as part of our SBIR/STTR Program, either as follow-up to the workshop or bootcamp or on an as-needed basis. Contact Rich Giersch, arcwa@lswinstitute.org, for information.


Funding for this program is provided by:

Seattle Office of Economic Development