What is the Innovation Partnership?

The Innovation Partnership is a consortium of economic development and business assistance organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our goal is to help early-stage technology companies in Pennsylvania secure federal funding opportunities. Find Help Now!

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  • Innovation Partnership Wins SBA FAST 16-17 AwardFriday, July 22nd, 2016 — Innovation Partnership (IPart) is excited to announce that it has received a Federal and State Technology Award (FAST), from the Small Business Administration (SBA) in the amount of $200,000  to help support it’s highly successful SBIR/STTR client services in the upcoming year.   IPart would like to thank ALL of our supporting Partner Organizations who continue to make it’s programs successful and provide these valuable services to our clients throughout the Commonwealth, helping them WIN federal SBIR/STTR awards and commercialize their innovations and grow their businesses in Pennsylvania.   Please see the SBA Award Release HERE.        
  • 2016/17: SBIR/STTR Solicitation Schedule/AnnouncementsTuesday, July 19th, 2016 — Please note that the IPart will accept electronic Pre-Proposal Applications NO LATER THAN (4) WEEKS PRIOR to the Federal Submission Deadline. Different rules may apply for DoD submissions; please consult with your IPart Sponsor to determine eligibility for submission. Clients are strongly encouraged to begin working with their IPart Sponsor as early as Read More...
  • SBA Releases NEW SBIR/STTR On-Line Tutorials!!!!Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 — This is a new and FANTASTIC Resource for SBIR/STTR assistance & guidance offered by the SBA. Whether you are assisting clients or ARE a client seeking to apply for SBIR/STTR funding – this is your 1st, go-to resource for learning more about these federal funding programs!   The On-Line Tutorials Read More...
  • NASA Seeking Feedback/Interest in Subtopic WorkshopTuesday, July 19th, 2016 — Attention technology entrepreneurs! NASA is seeking to gauge your level of interest in a Subtopic Workshop that would allow industry to learn about, ask questions, and comment on topic areas of interest for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program FY 2017 solicitation. The questions and Read More...
  • USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – SBIR Phase 1 ReleaseMonday, July 18th, 2016 — Small Business Innovation Research Program – Phase I Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agricultural related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged Read More...
  • DOE FY17 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity AnnouncementMonday, July 18th, 2016 — Topics for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) FY17 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement have been issued and are available on the DOE website:  http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/. The following DOE program offices are participating in this solicitation: Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Office of Basic Energy Sciences Read More...
  • Update from the National Science Foundation’s SBIR/STTR Program, July 2016Monday, July 18th, 2016 — Next Phase I Proposal Deadline – December 2016: Stay tuned for the next Phase I proposal deadline in December. The updated solicitation will be posted on www.nsf.gov/sbir at least three months ahead of the due date.   New Twitter Handle: NSF has updated their Twitter handle to @NSFSBIR. Please follow Read More...
  • DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0, Outreach & Assistance ProgramMonday, June 27th, 2016 — THE REGISTRATION PAGE WILL REOPEN FOR THE FY 2017 PHASE I RELEASE 1 TOPICS ON JULY 18, 2016.   The purpose of DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Outreach & Assistance Program is to support the DOE’s efforts to get more SBIR/STTR applications from, and ultimately make more awards to small business concerns owned Read More...
  • Pennsylvania Federal Awardee DataSunday, June 26th, 2016 — This page contains links to Pennsylvania’s Federal Awardees through the SBIR & STTR Programs from 2002 to 2015.  Each link takes you to a downloadable Excel Spreadsheet containing both Summary and Awardee records grouped by year. Each workbook, with the exception of the “TOTALS” workbook contains 5 tabs: Summary Tab; SBIR Read More...
  • 2016 Advanced SBIR/STTR Transition & Commercialization Strategies Conference – June 21, Herndon, VATuesday, June 14th, 2016 — Frequently, Innovation Partnership shares educational and training opportunities being offered by our colleagues in other states. We think this opportunity might be of interest – There’s Still time to Register and attend!  If you are an Innovation Partnership Client who recently received a Technical Review and Travel & Training Award (within the Read More...
  • Updated Preferred Provider Listing – Updated 4/11/16Friday, April 8th, 2016 — The Innovation Partnership Preferred Provider (PP) Listing is offered as a courtesy to IPart, SBIR/STTR and federal funding assistance clients who are seeking the help of experienced grant-writing professionals. The listing gives a brief description of the products and services which might be offered by the provider to clients as Read More...
  • “Succeeding With SBIR” Webinar Series – Hosted by Foresight Science & TechnologyTuesday, March 29th, 2016 — More information HERE  Starting in March 2016, Foresight is partnering with various SBIR agencies to deliver a series of web clinics on working with SBIR agencies. Gap funding is typically the most vexing part of developing immature technology and SBIR programs are one of the most viable solutions. The each Read More...
  • FY 2016 DoD Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) AnnouncementSaturday, March 12th, 2016 — The Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is designed to transition innovative technologies, primarily from small businesses that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet specific defense needs. RIF provides a collaborative vehicle for small businesses to provide the DOD with innovative technologies that can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that Read More...
  • Intellectual Property Educational Webinars for SBIR/STTR Small Businesses (March 21 – March 30)Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 —   Your Intellectual Property Webinars The USPTO in partnership with the SBA is delighted to announce the release of the second installment of the quarterly Intellectual Property educational webinars (IPEW) for SBIR/STTR small businesses, presented live on March 21 – March 30. For new participants in the SBIR/STTR Read More...
  • NIST (DOC) – SBIR Ph1 2016 Solicitation ReleaseWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its SBIR, Phase 1 Topics – February 2, 1016. NIST invites small businesses to submit Phase I research applications under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Firms with strong research capabilities in any of the areas listed in Section 9 of this FFO are Read More...
  • 2016/17: SBIR/STTR Solicitation Schedule/AnnouncementsTuesday, July 19th, 2016 — Please note that the IPart will accept electronic Pre-Proposal Applications NO LATER THAN (4) WEEKS PRIOR to the Federal Submission Deadline. Different rules may apply for DoD submissions; please consult with your IPart Sponsor to determine eligibility for submission. Clients are strongly encouraged to begin working with their IPart Sponsor as early as Read More...
  • SBA Releases NEW SBIR/STTR On-Line Tutorials!!!!Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 — This is a new and FANTASTIC Resource for SBIR/STTR assistance & guidance offered by the SBA. Whether you are assisting clients or ARE a client seeking to apply for SBIR/STTR funding – this is your 1st, go-to resource for learning more about these federal funding programs!   The On-Line Tutorials Read More...
  • USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – SBIR Phase 1 ReleaseMonday, July 18th, 2016 — Small Business Innovation Research Program – Phase I Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agricultural related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged Read More...
  • DOE FY17 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity AnnouncementMonday, July 18th, 2016 — Topics for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) FY17 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement have been issued and are available on the DOE website:  http://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/. The following DOE program offices are participating in this solicitation: Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Office of Basic Energy Sciences Read More...
  • Update from the National Science Foundation’s SBIR/STTR Program, July 2016Monday, July 18th, 2016 — Next Phase I Proposal Deadline – December 2016: Stay tuned for the next Phase I proposal deadline in December. The updated solicitation will be posted on www.nsf.gov/sbir at least three months ahead of the due date.   New Twitter Handle: NSF has updated their Twitter handle to @NSFSBIR. Please follow Read More...
  • DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0, Outreach & Assistance ProgramMonday, June 27th, 2016 — THE REGISTRATION PAGE WILL REOPEN FOR THE FY 2017 PHASE I RELEASE 1 TOPICS ON JULY 18, 2016.   The purpose of DOE SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Outreach & Assistance Program is to support the DOE’s efforts to get more SBIR/STTR applications from, and ultimately make more awards to small business concerns owned Read More...
  • NIST (DOC) – SBIR Ph1 2016 Solicitation ReleaseWednesday, February 3rd, 2016 — The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its SBIR, Phase 1 Topics – February 2, 1016. NIST invites small businesses to submit Phase I research applications under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Firms with strong research capabilities in any of the areas listed in Section 9 of this FFO are Read More...
  • DHS – FY16.1 SBIR Pre-Solicitation NoticeWednesday, December 2nd, 2015 — Synopsis: The purpose of the pre-solicitation notice is to alert potential small business offerors that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be accepting proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program beginning on December 16, 2015. This will be a joint solicitation between the Science and Technology Read More...
  • NIH SBIR/STTR Solicitations – Jan 6, 2016 Submission Deadline & NEW – “Assist”Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 — Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has upcoming solicitation submission deadlines. Important Dates: View the NIH SBIR Solicitation HERE – Deadline for Federal Submission is  – Tues, Jan 5, 2016 View the NIH STTR Solicitation HERE – Deadline for Federal Submission is  – Tues, Jan 5, 2016 Please check the NIH Read More...
  • Department of Energy SBIR/STTR Release 2Monday, November 2nd, 2015 — The Department of Energy (DOE) topics have been released for its 2016 SBIR/STTR Release 2 solicitation. There are a total of 32 topics and 156 subtopics which are described in the PDF HERE. The following DOE offices are participating in this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation* Electricity Delivery and Energy Read More...
  • NSF SBIR & STTR Solicitations ReleasedSunday, October 25th, 2015 — Important Dates: NSF SBIR Federal Submission Deadline – Tues, Dec 8, 2015 IPart PreProposal Submission Deadline – Tues, Nov 10, 2015 NSF STTR Federal Submission Deadline – Fri, Dec 11, 2015 IPart PreProposal Submission Deadline – Fri, Nov 13, 2015 A PDF of Topics & Subtopics is located HERE NSF Read More...
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) SBIR Solicitation 16.1 OpenTuesday, October 20th, 2015 — Detailed Information and resources are located at the DOT Website HERE. Important Dates: Federal Solicitation Submission Deadline – Wed, Dec 16, 2015 IPart Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline – Wed, Nov 18, 2015 How to Apply Read the 16.1 Solicitation for information about the 16.1 topics and about proposal requirements. Review the Read More...
  • U.S. DOT’s 16.1 SBIR Solicitation OpenMonday, October 19th, 2015 — The 16.1 Solicitation will be open from October 14, 2015 to December 16, 2015. This solicitation will include the following topics: 16.1-FA1: External Lighting Enhancements to Reduce Bird Strike Events 16.1-FH1: Technological Enhancements to Improve and Expand Casual Carpooling Systems 16.1-FH2: Connected Bicycle: Communicating with Vehicles and Infrastructure 16.1-FT1: Read More...
  • NSF SBIR/STTR – Phase I Solicitation Release – For Dec 2015 DeadlinesTuesday, September 15th, 2015 — The NSF has recently released it’s 2015, Phase I, SBIR & STTR Solicitations. Deadlines for Federal Submission:   SBIR Phase I – Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (IPart Pre-Proposal Deadline – Tues., Nov. 10th) (New award amount of up to $225, 000 for project duration of 6-12 months)   STTR Phase I – Friday, December 11, 2015 (IPart Pre-Proposal Deadline – Tues., Nov. 13th) (New award amount of up to $225, 000 for project duration of 6-12 months)   Please click on the links to go directly to the solicitations.      
  • Department of Energy (DOE) – SBIR/STTR Phase 0 Assistance ProgramTuesday, June 30th, 2015 — In anticipation of DOE’s upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which will be issued on Monday, August 17th, 2015, the DOE’s contracted provider for these services, Dawnbreaker, has been building an interactive, online portal to help small businesses and individuals navigate the complexities of the DOE SBIR/STTR proposal process. These “Online Tutorials” will Read More...
  • IPart AwardeesMonday, December 1st, 2014 — Each document link includes a listing of companies who were awarded Innovation Partnership MicroGrant (MG), MicroVoucher (MV) or Federal Marketing Assistance (FMA) grants to assist them with the refinement of their federal SBIR/STTR proposal. Notes: 1.  The MicroVoucher Program was initiated in 2007 and no awards under this program were made Read More...
  • We Have A New Winner! – ChromaTan Wins NIH Phase I SBIRWednesday, August 31st, 2011 — We are very excited to announce that ChromaTan and their team of scientists have recently been awarded an NIH SBIR Phase 1 for $183,000. Their proposal focuses on: design, construction, and testing a Continuous Countercurrent Tangential Chromatography (CCTC) system capable of providing highly efficient and low cost purification of therapeutic proteins and Read More...
  • IPart Client, Recipient of 2011 Tibbetts AwardSunday, February 20th, 2011 — IPart Client Awardee re, Inc. is a leading developer of Intelligent Modular Manipulation Systems. re’s mission is to advance the state of the art of mobile manipulation and develop dual-use technologies that benefit both defense & public safety robot users. re’s manipulation systems and components are scalable and modular. re’s development efforts are focused on creating plug-n-play Read More...
  • IPart Federal Marketing Assistance (FMA) AwardeesWednesday, December 1st, 2010 — The Fedeal Marketing Assistance (FMA) Program is a Phase II, advanced federal funding assistance program started in 2005 as a pilot. FMA Awards can be up to $10,000 (Most recently; 2009-2010,Awards have averaged around $5,000 due to budgetary constraints) to defray the costs of proposal preparation. Applicants MUST work with their Sponsor Organization closely to be considered for this program. IPart FMA Awardees 2005-2010
  • IPart Federal AwardeesThursday, May 6th, 2010 — Companies listed have received SBIR/STTR Federal Awards and have received assistance from the IPart and its programs.  Errors or omissions should be reported to Kelly S. Wylam. IPart Federal Awardees 2003-2008
  • Client Spotlight: Y-CarbonTuesday, September 22nd, 2009 — Y-Carbon, Inc. – King of Prussia, PA Has successfully been awarded 3 MicroVouchers from the IPart to assist with the proposal preparation and has recently been awarded funding from NSF and DoD to Develop High Energy Supercapacitors.  You can read more about these recent awards here. You can also read Read More...
  • Pennsylvania Federal Awardee DataSunday, June 26th, 2016 — This page contains links to Pennsylvania’s Federal Awardees through the SBIR & STTR Programs from 2002 to 2015.  Each link takes you to a downloadable Excel Spreadsheet containing both Summary and Awardee records grouped by year. Each workbook, with the exception of the “TOTALS” workbook contains 5 tabs: Summary Tab; SBIR Read More...
  • PA Federally Awarded & IPart Assisted CompaniesWednesday, September 3rd, 2014 — Please click on the link to access the most recent listing of Pennsylvania companies that were assisted through the Innovation Partnership (IPart) Programs.  Companies either received a free, Pre-Proposal Technical Review; MicroGrant/MicroVoucher for Phase 1 applicants or a Federal Marketing Assistance (FMA) award for Phase 2 applicants. PA Federally Awarded & IPart Assisted Companies   *List is current as of 9-3-14    
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