Proposal Support

The pre-proposal support and financial assistance that technology-driven companies need to create high-quality SBIR and STTR grant proposals.

The Innovation Partnership (IPart) offers free pre-proposal review and financial assistance to technology-driven companies in Pennsylvania that are preparing high-quality Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grant proposals for submission to federal funding agencies.

Pre-Proposal Technical Review

A Pre-Proposal Technical Review is offered to applicants whose proposal concepts have strong potential for competing successfully to win federal funding. This program offers a no-cost opportunity to receive valuable feedback from subject matter experts on planned Phase I and Phase II proposal concepts. All proposal concepts under review are fully protected by non-disclosure agreements to ensure confidentiality of proprietary information.

MicroVoucher Program

Candidates can be awarded a MicroVoucher from IPart that reimburses one-half of the cost incurred in preparing the proposal itself or up to $3,000, whichever is less. These awards are for Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal preparation. Payment is made directly to a Preferred Provider (PDF)  (SBIR/STTR grant assistance professional) for their services.

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MicroGrant Program

Candidates who receive a highly positive pre-proposal review can be awarded a MicroGrant from IPart. The MicroGrant reimburses up to one-half of the total cost (or up to $2,000, whichever is less) incurred in preparing the proposal itself. Payment is made directly to the client or company.

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Federal Marketing Assistance Awards

Phase II Proposal Candidates can be awarded up to $5,000 (or half of the total proposal preparation costs, whichever is less). Funds can be used to defray proposal prep admin costs or reports to enhance the commercialization section.

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