JoAnne Goodnight will focus on helping you write the two key parts of your application — the Specific Aims and Commercialization Plan. Reviewers often read this section first so the goal is to prepare an exciting Aims page that will be a page turner for the rest of the application. The session will also review requisite sections of the Commercialization Plan.


JoAnne Goodnight


JoAnne is an independent consultant who specializes in assisting small technology companies in preparing competitive SBIR/STTR grant applications. She has 25+ years of federal government service, most of which was spent at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) serving as the SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator. She brings extensive experience in virtually all aspects of the NIH SBIR/STTR programs and processes including identifying relevant topics, facilitating agency introductions, developing research plan strategies, editing proposals using key grantsmanship tips, and interpreting the myriad federal policies that pertain to grants and contracts. In addition to her NIH research administration roles, JoAnne has held positions at for-profit and nonprofit research institutions, including The Jackson Laboratory where she served as Director of Sponsored Research for nearly eight years until she retired in October 2020. JoAnne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Virginia Tech.


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