Thursday May 28, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT

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Karen Frost 
The Water Council

Pat Lawton 
Defense Alliance 

Water Technology R&D Opportunities
with the DoD Webinar 

Join The Water Council, Defense Alliance, and TechLink, for a free, one-hour informational webinar on Department of Defense (DoD) R&D funding opportunities for innovations in water-related technologies.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about specific opportunities with DoD, how to find them, and how to more effectively approach them.  You’ll also learn how to actively engage with Defense laboratories, how to cost-effectively access technologies developed in those labs, and how to become a Defense “insider” to be better positioned for long-term Defense and government contracting success.

This informational session will cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to TechLink, and its integral relationship with DoD
  • Summary of DoD SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) – over $1.2 billion annually for small businesses.
    • Program overview for DoD SBIR/STTR
    • Differences between DoD Components
    • Doing your homework to improve your odds of winning
    • Other agency SBIR/STTR, and the important grant vs. contract differences
  • The Big RIF (Rapid Innovation Fund) – up to $3M per project, small business preference
    • Overview of RIF and White Paper requirements
    • Water-related RIF opportunities open NOW. 
  • Other opportunities and resources: BAAs, FedBizOps, and PTACs
  • Building relationships with DoD labs, and accessing their technology and capabilities
    • Finding the right DoD researchers to work with, and how to approach them
    • Mechanisms for collaboration, licensing technologies, and accessing their capabilities
  • Questions & Answers with TechLink, the Defense Alliance, and The Water Council


Ray Friesenhahn is SBIR and Technology Transition Manager for TechLink, and an Advanced Technology Scout for MilTech, a separate DoD Partnership Intermediary.  He’s been assisting companies nationwide in winning SBIR/STTR for over 15 years, receiving a 2007 National Tibbetts Award for individual SBIR service.  He was previously a technology transfer manager supporting NASA, and had ten years as a Defense industry scientist and engineer, along with start-up business experience.  Ray is a former physicist, with an MBA (entrepreneurship), and is a Certified Licensing Professional. 

Karen Frost is the Small Business Program Manager for The Water Council, which is developing a Center of Excellence for Freshwater Innovation and Small Business Development.  Karen has an extensive background in economic development.



 TechLink is DoD’s primary national Partnership Intermediary, and a partner with Defense Alliance, that has helped small businesses win hundreds of millions in R&D funding, and helped companies with new technology development resulting in well over $3 billion in economic impacts.  DoD spends billions on R&D, with over $1.5 billion annually that’s exclusively and/or preferentially for small businesses R&D, and with many opportunities relevant to Water Council members.