Helping Innovative Small Businesses in Pennsylvania Win Federal Funding.

The Innovation Partnership (IPart) is a statewide consortium of economic development, business assistance, and higher education organizations that provide early-stage technology companies with free proposal writing assistance, training, and financial assistance. The goal: Help Pennsylvania-based clients secure federal funding opportunities – Specifically, SBIR/STTR.

16 Years of Proven Results


Sbir Proposals Submitted

  • Sbir
  • Awards
  • Received

Sbir Award Value to Date

$0 Million

  • Phase I:$17.4M
  • Phase II:$19.4M
Travel & Training Awards
IPart Awards to Clients (MG/MV/FMA)







(Compared to National Avarage of between 14% - 17%)

The Power of Partnership

Success Stories

IPart is a tremendous asset to that entrepreneur who needs not only proposal funding but critical feedback for devising a winning SBIR proposal!

- Jorgen Penderson, RE 2 Robotics

The SBIR process is very challenging. IPart assistance can be invaluable to a vast majority of tech companies looking to submit well-prepared proposals for SBIR/STTR funding.

- Liz Brensinger, Green Heron Tools

It’s great that Pennsylvania has a program like the Innovation Partnership. It helps technology companies with the SBIR process and win these very important grant awards to move their companies forward.

- Bo Liang, Adesso Advanced Materials Inc.

The programs, assistance and advice the IPart provides helped us significantly in our proposal improvement and to ultimately win a Phase I STTR from the NSF.

- Kamrun Nahar, Impulse Technology

IPart’s peer review and funding for grant-writing assistance were extremely helpful in strengthening our federal submission and winning the award.

Jamin Steffen, Hepron Molecular Lab, Inc.

IPart’s pre-review technical feedback, demand for early proposal preparation, and Travel & Training funding greatly benefitted our company’s ability to secure the SBIR grant funding.

-Surbhi Jain, JBS Science Inc.

The IPart’s $3,000 MicroVoucher for grant-writing assistance is very helpful for the technology companies applying for these federal grants – while it seems like a small amount – we can use all of the help we can get.

Matt Handle, Skyran Biologics, Inc.

I think the IPART program is a vital component of the startup ecosystem in the Pittsburgh area. It provides an opportunity for non-academics and academics with limited grant writing experience to construct competitive federal grants to secure seed funding.

- Sanna Gaspard, Rubitection

Solicitations dates

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Agency/ProgramRelease DateOpen DateClose DateIPart Deadline
DARPA/Dept. of Defense (DoD)
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Nov 15, 2019 (2pm ET) Fri, Oct 18, 2019
Dept. of Defense (DoD)
SBIR 20.1 & STTR 20A
Anticipated Dates
Dec 10, 2019
Jan 14, 2020
Feb 12, 2020 (8pm ET) Wed, Jan 15, 2020
National Science Foundation (NSF)
SBIR Ph1 NSF19554
STTR Ph2 NSF19555
March 4, 2019
March 4, 2019Dec 12, 2019 (5pm EST)
(rolling deadlines)

Thurs, Nov 14, 2019

(rolling deadlines)
HHS Omnibus (NIH)
Clinical Trails not allowed:
PA-19-270 STTR-NIH
Clinical Trials Required:
PA-19-273 SBIR-NIH
PA-19-721 STTR-NIH
2019 Program Descriptions and Research Topics Document
2019 2019 SBA approved topics list for budget waivers
May 7, 2019May 7, 2019Jan 6, 2020
April 6, 2020
Dec 2, 2019
Mar 9, 2020