SBIR Technical Assistance Program

SBIR Technical Assistance Program

EnterpriseWorks offers SBIR and STTR technical assistance and counseling through the support of the EAA Illinois University Incubator Network. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide qualified small businesses with opportunities to propose innovative projects that meet specific federal needs. These programs offer more than $2 billion dollars annually to support the research and development of technology by small businesses across the nation. Federal agencies set aside a portion of their extramural R&D budget to be awarded to small businesses.  Entrepreneurs can get anywhere from $150,000 to $1 million in capital to determine a technology’s feasibility and develop a prototype. It’s a good deal from the U.S. government. Not only don’t entrepreneurs have to repay the money as long as they meet the terms of the funding, but they also don’t give up any ownership of the company.  And, when it comes to actually winning funding, entrepreneurs are 100 to 200 times more likely to get an SBIR grant than venture money.

The EnterpriseWorks SBIR technical assistance program encourages entrepreneurs to apply for federal grants. We offer free guidance to small businesses interested in submitting proposals to participating agencies in response to agency solicitations. We also offer training two times a year on the overall SBIR and STTR program and shorter workshops with specific topic areas pertaining to SBIR funding. Let us help you become familiar with SBIR funding, search solicitations, learn best practices for applications, talk with program managers for input, draft a budget, write a commercialization plan, or execute an award agreement. It's a free service to help entrepreneurs in East Central Illinois that are potential awardees for SBIR and STTR funding.

Request SBIR Grant Assistance 

Sign up for assistance online and we will schedule a time for you to receive assistance at:

More information about the SBIR program and current solicitations can be found on our website

About Roland garton, garton consulting services

Roland Garton is President & Lead Consultant for Garton Consulting Services, Inc and 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 or advised on scores of SBIR proposals worth several million dollars to 9 of the 11 federal SBIR-granting agencies. He has also 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 help navigate multiple companies through federal audits, many of them conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).



About anna lisa somera, ALS Consulting

 Anna Lisa 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 14 years and has helped drive the formation and raised angel and venture funding for several start-up companies 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.