NOBIC is one of three organizations nationally to receive the U.S. SBA’s 2015 Tibbetts Award for advocacy of the SBIR/STTR grant programs. These highly competitive grant programs award R&D funding to small businesses to support scientific and technological innovation and create economic growth. From 2011 to 2014, the Center supported 5 emerging local startups in successful applications totaling over $3.2 million. The Commercialization team helps write and review proposals, reaches out to potential applicants, holds educational events on the programs and proposal preparation, and supports statewide efforts to increase Louisiana participation in the SBIR/STTR programs. The White House awards ceremony was held on June 15.

June 15, 2015 —