17th round of SBIR Advance funding opens for high-tech small businesses

17th round of SBIR Advance funding opens for high-tech small businesses


The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is offering a matching grant of up to $100,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

This is the 17th round of SBIR Advance funding dedicated by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) since SBIR Advance began in 2014.

“SBIR Advance has supported 111 awards since 2014. More than 40 percent of Phase I awardees have gone on to win a Phase II SBIR/STTR award, resulting in more than $42 million in additional SBIR/STTR grants to Wisconsin innovators, and over $30 million in additional capital in FY20,” said Dr. Todd Strother, CTC Senior Technology Consultant and SBIR Advance Program Manager “We are looking forward to the 17th round of both Phase I and Phase II programing. Our new team member, Brian Walsh, has made a big impression on revamping our programing. We are excited for the new awardees to learn how to better find their product market fit and get experience exploring angel and venture funds. This is a great opportunity for SBIR grant winners to tap into the state matching funds for business and commercialization activities.”

Deadlines are quickly approaching:

9 a.m. Jan. 4, 2021: Brief intent to apply due, link found at http://wisconsinctc.org/sbir-advance
Noon Jan. 14, 2021: Full application due, link found at http://wisconsinctc.org/sbir-advance
To be eligible, companies must have an SBIR/STTR project in either Phase I or Phase II of funding. All companies must have a significant presence in Wisconsin to be considered for the grant. Funds can be used for business and market development, customer validation, intellectual property work or other areas needed to speed product commercialization.

Applicants should note these important dates:

Feb. 4, 2021: Companies chosen for funding will be notified by this time.
Feb. 15, 2021: Phase I match awardees must be prepared to start the Lean Startup Program. The course runs through mid-May 2021, and is administered by the CTC. It teaches companies how to incorporate their technologies into a validated business model and defines the best possible target markets.

For more details on the SBIR Advance program and current eligibility requirements, contact Strother at todd.strother@business.wisconsin.edu.