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Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research

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Originally presented: January 31, 2018

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Fraud, waste and abuse are major concerns of the federal government, and the SBIR/STTR program is no exception.

The SBIR/STTR program provides access to more than $2.5 billion to support research, development and commercialization of innovative technology. These grants come with a significant responsibility to use the funds responsibly and as described in the grant application.  

Every year, researchers, faculty members and small business owners are accused of fraud and misuse of funds resulting in disbarment, required return of funds and even criminal charges. For example, in August 2017, Boston-based R&D company Woburn agreed to pay $2.25 million to resolve allegations of grant fraud stemming from misuse of SBIR and STTR funds. And even more recently, a Virginia Tech researcher was brought up on charges of conspiracy to commit or defraud the United States in an effort to secure SBIR/STTR research funding for his start-up.

Whether fraudulent activity is intentional or not, allegations like these have a profound effect on the reputations of those involved and their ability to obtain future funding or attract start-up partners — and the universities involved can suffer a damaging PR backlash as well.

Research managers and TTOs play an important role in ensuring federal rules are followed, researchers are well educated on the proper handling of SBIR/STTR applications and funds, and compliance is tracked throughout the process.

That’s why we’ve secured SBIR/STTR funding expert Kristen Parmelee, President of PCG, Inc., to lead this critical webinar:

Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research

This one-hour program will teach you how to avoid mistakes that can result in significant findings of fraud, abuse and waste. Topics covered will include:

  • SBIR/STTR—what’s the difference and which is really right for your project?
  • Preliminary studies and grant proposals
  • Balancing project roles
    • Working with a university
    • Faculty members who are founders of the applicant company
  • Division of effort and places of performance
  • Budgets and overhead rates
  • Record keeping and audit rules (Phase I, Phase II and beyond)

PLUS! Hear the original recorded Q&A portion of the program

Meet your session leader:

Kristen ParmeleeKristen Parmelee
President
PCG, Inc.

After more than 15 years as a consultant, Kristen (Kris) Parmelee has developed long-term relationships with many of her clients. After gaining initial experience in fund raising, Kris launched her own venture, PCG Inc., in 2000 with a focus on private foundation and federal grants. In 2005, she expanded her experience to include SBIR/STTR, and for the past five years has focused almost exclusively on SBIR/STTR and project management services. Her SBIR/STTR clients include major universities and other small businesses developing and commercializing innovative technology. Kris is a proud graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She started her career at an Indianapolis-based nonprofit in program development and management.  

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