Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Funding
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Funding
Federal agencies set aside a portion of their extramural research & development budget to be awarded as grants to small businesses. Thanks to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, innovators and entrepreneurs have opportunities to apply and receive anywhere from $150,000 to $1 million in capital to determine a technology’s feasibility and to develop a prototype. As long as they meet the terms of the funding, award recipients do not have to repay the government and they retain full ownership of their company. Qualified small businesses and entrepreneurs affiliated with IUIN incubators can receive free support, guidance, and training to help them search for federal agency solicitations and to prepare and submit proposals.
The IUIN provides SBIR assistance through free workshops and free one-on-one counseling to assist with SBIR funding applications.
- Workshops are offered at or near IUIN locations. Check our events calendar or join our email list to stay informed about dates and details of workshop and training events. Below are select videos from webinars and workshops (listed in order of most recent event):
- SBIR Workshop – March 12, 2020. Presented by Anna Lisa Somera and hosted by the UIC Health Technology Incubator (HTI). | Download Slides
- SBIR Workshop – November 18, 2019. Presented by Roland Garton. Organized by the Illinois University Incubator Network (IUIN) in collaboration with the SIUC Research Park, the IL PTAC at Western Illinois University, and the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. | Download Slides
- Webinar: SBIR Updates with Roland Garton. Highlights from the National SBIR Conference in June 2019. | Download Slides
- SBIR Workshop – May 8, 2019. EnterpriseWorks Entrepreneur-in-Residence Jed Taylor and NSF Program Manager Jesus Soriano discuss commercialization plans in part 3 of this spring series.
- SBIR Workshop – April 30, 2019. Roland Garton covers SBIR Budgets, technical plans, and other details in part 2 of this spring series.
- SBIR Workshop – April 16, 2019. Jed Taylor opens up the first of three workshops with an overview and benefits of the program.
- Counseling, to assist with SBIR funding applications, is awarded to companies through a competitive application process. Applicants must be associated with a university incubator or be referred by an incubator or an institution of higher education in the following Illinois counties: Champaign, Coles, Cook, DeKalb, Jackson, Kankakee, Macon, Peoria, Sangamon, Winnebago.
Roland Garton is President & Lead Consultant for Garton Consulting Services, Inc. and TheGrantHelpers.com. He has over three decades of experience with grant development, government contracting, program and project management, training and documentation, and program administration.
Garton has written and advised on scores of SBIR proposals worth several million dollars to 9 of the 11 federal SBIR-granting agencies. He is an SBIR workshop leader and national I-Corps participant, and has managed several projects resulting from successful SBIR proposals. In addition, he has set up bookkeeping and timekeeping systems for many SBIR recipients, prepared invoices and Incurred Cost Proposals, and has helped navigate multiple companies through federal audits, many of them conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).
Anna Lisa Somera is an experienced medical device consultant, venture capitalist, intellectual property analyst, technology transfer specialist, biomedical researcher, and entrepreneur specialized in early-stage, cutting edge technology businesses. She has been part of the entrepreneurial community in Illinois for 15 years and has helped drive the formation and raised angel and venture funding for several start-up companies spun out of universities while also serving as top management for many of the ventures.
Somera’s advising adds up to over thirty million dollars in grants to date, mostly for Illinois companies. Her multi-disciplinary academic preparation in business, public health, and cell biology, along with her strong ties to the University of Illinois, has aided in her success in the entrepreneurial community. Additionally, Somera serves as an SBIR/STTR grant consultant at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Argonne National Laboratory.
IMPORTANT APPLICATION NOTES:
- Requests for free one-on-one counseling must be submitted via the above application link. Please do not contact the consultants directly for free SBIR assistance.
- After we review your application, we will communicate directly with you about the status of your request and/or connect you with one of our SBIR consultants.
- Applicants must be associated with a university incubator or be referred by an incubator or an institution of higher education in the following Illinois counties: Champaign, Coles, Cook, DeKalb, Jackson, Kankakee, Macon, Peoria, Sangamon, Winnebago.
- Submission of an application does not guarantee services.
QUESTIONS: Contact Cheri Soliday at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-6097.
The IUIN SBIR Counseling Program is led by EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park. Funding support for these services is provided by grants from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
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