Griffiss Institute to host workshop for small business opportunities

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A workshop on "The Shifting Landscape of DoD (Department of Defense) R&D (Research and Development) Opportunities for Small Business" will be Thursday from 2:45-4 p.m. at the Griffiss Institute, 725 Daedalian Drive.

It is presented by the Griffiss Institute and the Cyber Research Institute.

The presentation is free to attend, and coffee and light refreshments will be served. Interested parties are asked to register by Wednesday at 2 p.m. at griffissinstitute.org/dineanddevelopment online.

The topic will be presented by Brian Abbe, who formerly worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as a branch chief and the head of the Technology Transfer Group, said the institute. He now operates the Mentis Technologies company.

Abbe will discuss his personal experience as an entrepreneur working through the Federal Small Business Innovative Research program and describe a new pilot process for special federal agency research topics; intended to accelerate technologies to the warfighter, these new awards have shortened technical durations, reduced reporting requirements, and varying award dollar amounts, the institute said.

The workshop is part of the Dine and Development Training Series, which brings together local businesses, AFRL researchers, and academia to inform the area business and research community on technology-driven topics of common interest, said the institute. The series also is geared to promote business development by providing networking opportunities among researchers and attendees.

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