FOSTER (FOcused SBIR/STTR Teaching, Equity and Results)

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FOSTER Program Overview

UNHInnovation is leading a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative called FOSTER ( to increase proposals for SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grants in the state of New Hampshire. SBIR and STTR grants represent a valuable source of non-dilutive funding for New Hampshire (NH) small technology businesses with less than 500 employees. FOSTER also includes an important mandate to support underserved communities such as women- and minority-owned businesses, rural as well as socially-economically disadvantaged companies.

SBIR and STTR grants represent an approximate $4 billion program annually and are issued by most U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), to name three. Grants are issued in phases, used to support research and development and can total more than $1 million each

FOSTER offers small NH businesses a variety of services including grant identification, training, advice and proposal support. For select companies, a competitive microgrant program is available to offer direct grant proposal assistance. All services are free.

The SBIR/STTR program represents a great way for companies to receive needed capital to develop and build their products. To learn more, please contact the FOSTER team at


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Upcoming Events
All events are being held virtually  - 
All events are free but registration is required

Webinar Series - Turning Your Innovation into a Business

October Sessions


Psychology of Social Engineering: The “Softer” Side of Cybercrime

Date: October 26th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker: Diana Kelley, CTO & Co-Founder, SecurityCurve

Our speaker, Diana Kelley, will cover these areas and more:

Did you know that there is a psychology behind cybercrimes? That's how attackers get people to click on phishing links and other malware. This webinar will provide tips and recommendations to help keep you and your organization safe by learning about these persuasive tactics. 


Patenting Apps and Software: U.S. Patent Practice

Date: October 28th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Alford Kindred, Supervisory Patent Examiner, US Patent Office 

How does one protect an app or software in today’s environment? What form or forms of intellectual property are best used to protect the various aspects of an app or software and how they work together to offer coverage? This program will focus primarily on the use of utility patents to protect an app or software while also addressing other forms of intellectual property that are pertinent and best practices when pursuing a utility patent. 


Recorded September Sessions:


September 22, 2021 - Generating Revenue Beyond SBIR/STTR