Investment in basic science and technology research led by university and academic investigators is critical for discovery and innovation in virtually all technical fields. SMI works with leading institutions and their staff to understand the significance of their work and its possibilities to better create, shape, and secure federal funding opportunities for research that aligns with federal government interests. Our unique team of scientists and engineers is well-suited to engage technical experts to identify and market the value of basic research, supporting our clients and the federal government.
SMI’s varied expertise and extensive network enable high levels of success in the entire process from project concept development through funding capture. SMI has a tailored approach that offers customized service to university government relations and research offices. SMI works as a marketing force multiplier with university government affairs offices’, whether they are in Washington, D.C. or on campus. Our defining role as government relations consultants is to provide advanced strategic federal intelligence on research programs of interest and support messaging on Capitol Hill. This allows our university clients to align with upcoming federal funding opportunities, connect with federal program managers while developing new internal research capacity and other academic partners prior to the release of competitive solicitations. The SMI team also proactively connects research teams with potential industry stakeholders to team on proposal development, facilitate technology transition, and increase visibility of the scientific discoveries.
The SMI team consists of both technical experts and former government officials with many years of experience supporting some of the most renowned scientific investigators. This uniquely positions SMI to assist university researchers in understanding the federal marketplace related to Defense, Energy, and Life Science sectors. SMI also supports our university clients by offering training programs on the federal budget process, related research trends, and how to connect with potential federal sponsors.