SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Program


What  We Offer:

ONE-ON-ONE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: see below for how to request a meeting with an expert to discuss SBIR funding options and how to approach this funding mechanism.

EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS: see our calendar. We produce a SBIR 101 workshop series each spring and fall.

The EnterpriseWorks incubator offers Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) technical assistance and counseling for entrepreneurs in East Central Illinois through the EAA Illinois University Incubator Network.

SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Program 3 SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance ProgramSince the EnterpriseWorks incubator opened in the Research Park , funding has become further fueled in this small technology cluster area in Champaign County, with up to 25% of all State of Illinois SBIR/STTR funding being awarded to its companies or graduates annually. SBIR/STTR funding plays an increasingly important role for Research Park small businesses as they require no repayment or loss of equity.

These grant awards are often compatible with the company’s mission and will help fund further research and development. There are several different factors to consider when seeking out grants such as the grant’s timeline, requirements, and how appropriate it is for your business.

These programs award $2 billion dollars annually to qualified small businesses across the nation for innovative projects that meet specific federal needs. Entrepreneurs receive anywhere from $150,000 to $1 million in capital. Awards are based on small business qualifications, degree of innovation, technical merit and future market potential.

The SBIR technical assistance program offers free guidance, training, and workshops for small businesses interested in submitting proposals for SBIR and STTR. Program managers assist with applications, search solicitations, funding, budgeting, commercialization plans, and award agreements.

Sign up for assistance.

The Consultants

Roland Garton, Garton Consulting Services 


Roland Garton is President of 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 helped navigate multiple companies through federal audits, many of them conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).

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 specializing 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 startup 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.


More Resources

SBIR Workshop Series

Upcoming Events

Sample SBIR Funding Application

Past Workshops

SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance

This program encourages entrepreneurs to apply for federal grants.