Grant Funding


Why grants are an outstanding, underappreciated funding mechanism

presented by the DREAM Workshop Series

Thursday, April 6, 2017.  5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Free admission, refreshments provided.

There’s always a chance that an organization’s high-level goals are aligned with your own. In a case like this, it may be to your advantage to attempt to navigate the often complex world of grant funding. Governmental departments and non-profit foundations are often eager to fund commercial endeavors, when the outcome could be mutually beneficial.

One such organization is MTI, the Maine Technology Institute, who has, since its establishment by the Maine State Legislature in 1999, worked with Maine entrepreneurs, established businesses, and research institutions to accelerate the commercialization of innovative products and services, partly through competitive grants. Their mandate is to help grow the technology sector, which will, in turn, stimulate and diversify the Maine economy, and create high-quality jobs for Maine people.

In this seminar, Karen West, MTI TAP Team Consultant, and Shane Beckim, MTI Investment Officer, will help us understand the federal government’s SBIR/STTR programs, as well as MTI’s SBIR-focused programs. 



Karen West owns C & P Management Services, LLC, a small, woman- and veteran-owned business. Since 1997 she has served the state of Maine as its lead Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) consultant. With over 23 years experience in the federal R&D program, she provides strategy design and technical assistance to companies that seek to submit competitive Research and Development proposals.

Karen has been an SBIR/STTR Agency reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also been Subject Matter Expertise to Lockheed Martin on the SBIR/STTR program. Karen has over thirty-five of business experience including government and civilian contracting, subcontracting and supply management. 



As an Investment Officer, Shane oversees multiple early stage funding components including the TechStart Grant, Seed Grant and SBIR/STTR related programs. His focus is to work with potential applicants who are in search of funding to help add valuable resources needed to conduct market research, develop business plans, and to conduct early stage research and development of new and innovative technologies.