Government Grants for Translating Research to Innovations

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    • Thursday September 20, 2012
      3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Location: IBB Room 1107 - Atlanta, GA
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Securing government funding is often an instrumental part of translating laboratory and academic research into large scale innovations and independent business ventures.  A staggering amount of money is made available for precisely this purpose and programs addressing a wide variety of research initiatives are launched every year.  Of course, the process begins with identifying the appropriate grant opportunities and tailoring your proposal for maximum effectiveness by highlighting your potential for innovation.

How should a scientist with an exciting idea begin his or her search for government funding opportunities?  What advice can experts offer on drafting an impactful proposal?  What is the expectation of the role of innovation in large government programs?

The distinguished panelists for this webinar are:

Dr. Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director for Commercialization, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

Dr. Cheryl Martin is currently the Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for leading the organization’s commercialization program to help breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace.  Prior to this, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California. Previously, she was with Rohm and Haas Company for 20 years and served in many capacities including Corporate VP.

Dr. Martin earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross.  She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  She is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) at both the local and national levels and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.

Dr. Ben Schrag, Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dr. Ben Schrag is currently the cluster lead for Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the NSF.  He joined the NSF as an SBIR Program Director in 2009.  Prior to this, he worked for six years as Director of Research and Development at a start-up company, Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new family of high-performance magnetic microsensor products as well as a magnetic diagnostic system for failure analysis and fault isolation in semiconductor devices. 

Ben has served as a visiting scientist at Brown University and as the Principal Investigator on a number of federal grants and contracts, including NSF Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research projects and an Advanced Technology Program award from NIST.  He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University in 2003.
Dr. Judith Giordan, Partner in ecosVC and Senior Advisor to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), moderates the panel.
In a career that has spanned 30 years, Dr. Giordan, the recipient of the 2010 Francis Garvin-John Olin medal of the American Chemical Society, has served in executive and leadership positions in R&D and operations at some of the world's top brands, including International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc., the Pepsi-Cola Company, and the Henkel Corporation.

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