Next bootcamp starting May 25th, 2021! 


Life Science Washington Institute is excited to announce our next virtual grant writing bootcamp to help demystify SBIR/STTR funding routes. There are 11 Federal agencies that participate in programs that offer over $3.5 billion per year to majority US-owned small businesses in grant money and contracts. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are excellent sources of non-dilutive funding that can be critical in scaling your startup.


When: May 25th and June 1st  from 12:00-1:30 PST

Where: Hosted virtually! You will receive login information after registration.

Who Should Participate?: This bootcamp series is for anyone interested in learning more about SBIR and STTR funding opportunities, and for those who want to effectively compete for these awards to develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

Cost & Registration: The workshop is FREE! Register here. 

Format: 2 interactive virtual sessions, weekly assignments to help you prepare to submit your proposal, and the opportunity to receive feedback on assignments throughout the bootcamp.  At the end of the series, participants will be equipped to begin the process of preparing a proposal for SBIR or STTR funding. Richard Giersch will lead the bootcamp.

Rich Giersch is Strategic Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Life Science Washington Institute and a principal investigator on a $3.5MM STTR that networks 24 academic institutions and is focused on building the commercialization ecosystem for life science companies in the Southeast US. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board for the Bioscience Association of West Virginia, and CEO of WV based Valtari Bio.

Rich has held Director level positions at two venture capital firms, was the chief operating officer of a biotech company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and the Chief Science Officer for the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials at Rutgers University. He has helped companies secure over $100 million in federal funding, tax, and relocation incentives and written over $15M in successful SBIR/STTR applications.