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All Things Small Business Podcasts visits with Dr. Michael Santens, DAU Instructor

Take a break and listen to the All Things Small Business podcast series. For episode 18, we visit with Dr. Michael Santens, DAU instructor and adjunct lecturer at Georgetown, to discuss the Small…

All Things Small Business Podcasts visits with Dr. Michael Santens, DAU Instructor

All Things Small Business Podcasts visits with Dr. Michael Santens, DAU Instructor
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Take a break and listen to the All Things Small Business podcast series. For episode 18, we visit with Dr. Michael Santens, DAU instructor and adjunct lecturer at Georgetown, to discuss the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, its phases, and unique benefits to the small businesses who employ it.

Dr. Santens starts off by briefly summarizing the recent history and purpose for the use of the STTR program among five federal agencies within the Executive Branch. He also addresses the differences between the STTR program and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The mission of the SBIR/STTR programs is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy (DoD Innovation Portal). However, per the Department of Defense (DoD) Innovation Portal, the STTR program has three major differences:
  1. The small business awardee and its partnering institution are required to establish an intellectual property agreement detailing the allocation of intellectual property rights and rights to carry out follow-on research, development or commercialization activities.
  2. STTR requires that the small business perform at least 40% of the R&D and a single partnering research institution perform at least 30% of the R&D.
  3. The STTR program allows the Principal Investigator to be primarily employed by the partnering research institution.

Dr. Santens also provided historical examples of successful commercialization of technology that was used in combat and other examples of technology commercialization that he was part of while working industry. He also provided a thorough technical discussion of the details of the STTR process and how to navigate the intellectual property and data rights issues. Finally, he provided recommendation to a small business that would like to pursue these programs to commercialize their technology.

For more information on SBIR/STTR visit the Small Business Administration site at https://www.sbir.gov/ or the DoD Innovation Portal at https://www.dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions/login

You can listen to episode 18 at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-things-small-business-michael-santens-on-the-sttr/id1523710805?i=1000547935977 or by subscribing to the All Things Small Business podcast series via the Apple store.

The All Things Small Business podcast series can also be found on the DAU Industry Support page at https://www.dau.edu/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense Just scroll down to the podcast section, click on the red “Listen Now” button, and select the podcast of your choice.

Feel free to reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] if you want to participate as a future guest.