How To Apply

Step 1: Let us know if you’ll be bringing a colleague

We are offering our popular colleague discount again in 2019 for our Strategies for Success course! Here’s how it works: bring a colleague who is working on the same project and save $200 on their course fee. Discount applicable only in pairs (2) who attend the same Strategies for Success course together.

Please email Jill at sbi@esa.org to access the colleague discount.

Step 2: Fill out our Participant Information Form

Please fill out this form for the October Strategies for Success course.

Please fill out this form for our December Creating a Successful Business Plan course.

The form is short, consisting of three pages, and should only take a few minutes to complete if you prepare your responses to the short answer questions in advance.  We’ll ask you for some basic contact details and biographical information, some general information about your project (including current and planned funding sources), and you’ll need to answer the following questions, limiting your responses to 100 words or less:

Strategies for Success short answer questions:

  • Describe your project’s purpose and user base.
  • How is your project valuable to your user community, and to the wider biological research community?
  • What are your current most pressing financial and programmatic sustainability concerns?
  • What do you hope to accomplish at your project by attending the Strategies for Success course?

Creating a Successful Business Plan short answer questions:

  • Describe your project’s purpose and user base.
  • Briefly describe your project’s funding resources, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Do you currently have a business plan for your project? If not, why do you want to have one now? If yes, what do you want to change about it?
  • What do you think the future holds for your project? Do you already have a business idea in mind that you want to explore during this course?
  • Obviously, you’ll emerge from the course with a draft business plan – what else do you hope to gain or learn during this training?

Step 3: Pay Your Invoice

Once you fill out your participant information form, we will process it and send you a PalPal Invoice. Your place on the course is confirmed after you’ve paid your course fee.

How much will it cost?

Strategies for Success course fee: $850 (3 days)

Creating a Successful Business Plan course fee: $550 (2 days)

The course fee includes all course materials, plus lunches and refreshments during the course days. The course fee does not include accommodation and other meals, or travel to and from the course.

We always strive to hold our courses at facilities with reasonable costs. For reference, participants who stayed onsite at our previous courses in the DC area could purchase a comprehensive meeting package (including dinner, accommodation, and breakfast) for approximately $139 per person, per night.

Many thanks for your interest in the SBI Strategies for Success course!  If you have any questions please contact sbi@esa.org.