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SBIR Office Hours

Learn More in a One-on-One Session

April 20, 2021  |  1:00pm – 3:00pm  |  15 min sessions

SBIR Office Hours are designed to give the opportunity to meet with a SBIR/STTR specialist who can help answer questions about the program. 
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The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program is a research and development program that provides non-dilutive funding to a number of innovative small businesses to help meet government needs.  Learn more about SBIR @ Connect.

Meet the Advisors

Meet with the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) SBIR/STTR Program Manager and Connect’s own SBIR/STTR Director.

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Shadi Azoum

NAVWAR SBIR/STTR Program Manager
Mr. Shadi Azoum is the current Program Manager for the NAVWAR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), and Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Program Management Offices. He has served in this position since June 2016. Prior to this position, Mr. Azoum led the Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio for PEO C4I, PMW 130 (Information Assurance and Cyber Security Program Office) as the Assistant Program Manager (APM) for Science and Technology (S&T) since May 2011. Mr. Azoum has Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science and Master of Science (MS) in Information Security from Florida State University.

SBIR STTR Director Gretel von Son

Gretel von Son

Connect SBIR/STTR Director
Gretel von Son is the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Director at Connect, a position created to support the SBIR/STTR Program by helping make connections between government, industry and academia, more accessible. Gretel previously supported the NAVWAR SBIR/STTR Program Office, and has experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. She has published work in Advanced Materials, ACS Nano and Nature Communications. Gretel has earned a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, and a Master’s in Business Administration.

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