How to Write Winning SBIR Grants

Thursday, February 01, 2024 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 4, 270
182 MEMORIAL DR (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139

Winning SBIR Grants:  

“Free” Government Funding for your Technology Product &/or Startup


MIT IAP 2024 Offering

Tue Jan 30 & Thur Feb 1 2024, 3-5pm, 4-270


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Raise anywhere from $150k to $2M of “free” federal government funding for your startup

How to write winning SBIR proposals (of 100 proposals only 5-10 are typically accepted)

The biggest US Government agencies are mandated to fund small businesses and startups developing needed technologies with roughly $4 Billion per year. 

This is “free” funding to commercialize your deep technology research – meaning you don’t sell shares and it’s not a loan but you do have to deliver towards your promises, so it’s not a gift.


Instructor:  Steve Derezinski,,

MIT S.B. Mechanical engineering and Sloan MBA alum

Winner of $23M+ SBIR+other federal awards from NSF, NASA, DOE, ARPA-E

Co-founder of multiple tech startups & GeorgiaTech’s VentureLab


Tuesday Jan 30, Day 1:  Overview, Admin, Key Details

  • Overview of SBIR plus STTR
  • Review of the 11 agencies who fund SBIR/STTR:
  • Admin stuff -- boring but really critical
  • Is it really free? Comparing Non-recourse funding versus VC or Debt financing


Thursday Feb 1, Day 2:  Winning Strategies

  • Timing and calendar management
    • Applying while in school
  • Generative AI enhancements
  • Review process details or “what happens after I press submit?”
  • Advanced tips to ensure success… including repeat future wins


Who is this for?

  • Current or graduated Students or MIT Affiliates
  • Undergrad, Grad, MBA, MEng, PhD, Post-Doc, Staff, etc.
  • Anyone seeking funding for their technology-based product or company


Prerequisites:  Watch Ben Schrag’s Intro to SBIR from NSF – – a good overview of SBIR / STTRs from NSF, which runs one of the best SBIR programs.


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