Workshop on Funding Innovative Research at Highlands Sept. 8

Las Vegas, N.M. – Exploring federal programs that fund innovative research and small business initiatives is the topic of a free workshop open to the public at Highlands University Sept. 8 from 12 to 2 p.m.

The workshop will provide an overview of how the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology (STTR) programs work. It is in the Highlands Student Center, Room 322, 800 National Ave.

Participants are invited to learn about how these federal programs are vehicles for funding innovative ideas as well as moving technology from research institutions to the commercial market.

“We encourage students, faculty and staff from the Highlands main campus and its centers to participate, along with the United World College – USA,” said Carol Linder, interim associate vice president for academic affairs and research at Highlands. “We also encourage local Las Vegas businesses to join us for this exciting opportunity to learn about potential federal funding for innovative business initiatives.”

Highlands is co-sponsoring the workshop along with the NM FAST program, New Mexico’s resource for SBIR/STTR based at New Mexico State University.

The workshop will cover:

  • An overview of SBIR and STTR programs and the types of innovations they fund.
  • An overview of the NM FAST program, and the tools and resources available at no cost to participants.
  • A step-by-step breakdown of proposal requirements, best practices, and tips to get funded.
  • Question and answer session with the workshop facilitator, Todd Bisio.

Free lunch will be served starting at 11:45 a.m.

For more information and free tickets, RSVP at