SBIR Workshop at SIU School of Medicine

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Date(s) - May 30, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SIU School of Medicine - Stevenson Conference Room (Medical Library)


SBIR Workshop - Small Business Innovation Research

SBIR Workshop at SIU School of Medicine

Presented by: Anna Lisa Somera (see bio below)

SIU School of Medicine • Stevenson Conference Room
Medical Library • 801 N. Rutledge  • Springfield, IL

May 30 · 10am to Noon
Registration and Agenda — Registration is required. There is no cost to attend. An existing startup company is not required to participate.

Gain info and insight on how to prepare a strong proposal for SBIR grant funds. Awards range from $150K to $1M in capital to explore tech potential, feasibility, or prototype. As long as they meet terms of funding, recipients retain full ownership and IP and do not have to repay funds. Download Workshop Flyer

Agenda topics include:

  • Who is eligible?
  • What makes for a good application?
  • SBIR/STTR, phases, agencies/types
  • Agency specific grant application tips
  • Where to find help and resources
  • Q&A opportunities

Workshop will be followed by scheduled individual sessions that begin as early as 1:30pm. Individual sessions are optional, have limited capacity, and are available on a first-scheduled basis.


  • Questions about the workshop content or individual sessions may be directed to Cheri Soliday at
  • Questions about on-site facilities and logistics at workshop location may be directed to Gabriella Broccardo at

This SBIR workshop is organized by the Illinois University Incubator Network which is led by EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park. Funding support for this workshop is provided by grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

Anna LisaAnna Lisa Somera is an experienced medical device consultant, venture capitalist, intellectual property analyst, technology transfer specialist, biomedical researcher, and entrepreneur specialized in early-stage, cutting edge technology businesses. She has been part of the entrepreneurial community in Illinois for 15 years and has helped drive the formation and raised angel and venture funding for several start-up companies spun out of universities while also serving as top management for many of the ventures.

Somera’s advising adds up to over thirty million dollars in grants to date, mostly for Illinois companies. Her multi-disciplinary academic preparation in business, public health, and cell biology, along with her strong ties to the University of Illinois, has aided in her success in the entrepreneurial community. Additionally, Somera serves as an SBIR/STTR grant consultant at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Argonne National Laboratory.