Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation

The 2016 AIR-TT Grantee Meeting has the following objectives:

  • To provide a venue for the grantees to showcase their work to an audience that may include technology scouts. Technology scouts will have the opportunity to request one-on-one meetings with grantees.
  • To share insights and best practices amongst current AIR-TT grantees.
  • To provide entrepreneurship educational opportunities for PIs and students.
  • To provide an opportunity for AIR-TT grantees to interact with and learn from staff and grantees from the SBIR program.

The AIR-TT Grantee meeting will be held on Monday, June 6 – Wednesday, June 8 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Atlanta, GA.  The meeting will be held in parallel with the NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Grantee Conference.  The AIR-TT grantees will have a few separate meetings, but will attend most sessions of the SBIR/STTR Conference, such as the Technology Showcase and entrepreneurial education seminars.



Attendees should plan to arrive on Sunday evening to allow time for poster/technology showcase set-up.  The meeting will conclude at 4:15 pm on Wednesday.  Please explore the other tabs on this website for information on making hotel reservations. In the coming weeks we will post additional updates as they become available.

Technology Showcase


There will be pitch training tailored for AIR-TT students, post-docs and faculty on Monday afternoon. This will be followed by a student/post-doc pitch competition held in two sessions Tuesday. Pitches are to be given by the student or post-doc, and will be three (3) minutes or less in length. The exact format of the pitches will be covered in the AIR-TT pitch training on Monday afternoon. Judging will be done by Lydia McClure, NSF I-Corps Program Director, and Chad Eckhardt, President and CEO of Gridbridge and SBIR Phase II grantee. Participating in the pitch contest is optional, but strongly encouraged. Winners will be announced Wednesday morning.



AIR-TT grantees are eligible to apply for a supplement through FastLane to help offset your travel expenses.  The AIR program will support up to two attendees per grant, preferably the Principal Investigator (PI) and one student or post-doc.  The travel supplement is expected to substantially cover the registration fee (which includes most meals), travel to/from Atlanta, and lodging at the conference hotel. Detailed instructions for submitting supplements was emailed to the PI on April 20. If you did not receive this information, email