SBIR-STTR Grant Writing Assistance


The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley University (TCE), with funding provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), has established a award program to assist individual entrepreneurs or small businesses in the writing of federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) grant proposals.  Qualified applicants are eligible to receive award funding in an amount not to exceed $2,500 to pay all or a portion of the costs associated with retaining the services of a grant writing expert.

SBIR/STTR Award Program Summary

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Programs are federally funded research and development grant programs designed to encourage and fund small businesses to bring innovative solutions to reality.  Successful SBIR/STTR grant recipients can receive up to $150,000 for a Phase I scientific feasibility research study, and up to $1 million for a Phase II concept development project.  To receive funding, a research project must solve a specific problem identified by one of the eleven participating federal agencies.  SBIR and STTR funded projects are very scientific and technical in nature, designed for risky and unproven solutions to serious federal problems.  For more information about SBIR/STTR grants, go to

Because of the funding amounts available and the competition seeking funding, an SBIR/STTR grant writing expert can often increase an applicants’ chance of securing award funding.

Summary of Application and Award Process

Award applications completed in accordance with the instructions established by TCE shall be reviewed and evaluated by TCE staff.  Applicants will first be screened for SBIR/STTR program eligibility.  TCE anticipates a significant demand for this award program. As such, the application process will be competitive and the award process will be based on project viability, applicant qualifications, and commercialization potential.  Applications will be accepted beginning August 1, 2011 and will be reviewed and awarded to successful applicants in the order received.   Funds available for this program are limited and the program will cease when all award funds have been exhausted.  If all funds have not yet been awarded, September 1, 2012 will be the last date applications are accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be evaluated for funding potential.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include any business of 500 employees or less, located in the following Counties: Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Stark, Mason and Marshall.  The eligible business must be at least 51% owned and operated by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.  For STTR awards, an eligible business entity must also have secured the participation of a federal research lab or university.  Applicants are only eligible to receive one (1) award under this program, but may submit more than one application.

Eligible Project Costs

The focus of this program is very narrow.  The only eligible project costs are the costs associated with engaging the services of one of the experienced SBIR/STTR grant writing consultants identified and approved by TCE.  No project costs prior to July 1, 2011 will be paid under this program.

Funding Process

The maximum funding available per individual award is up to $2,500.  There is no match requirement from the Applicant.  Payment for eligible award writing services will be made by TCE upon receipt of an invoice from by the award writing service provider.  One payment for the entire amount of the award will be made directly to the service provider.  No partial or progress payments will be made.  No payment shall be made until TCE receives the FEIN or Social Security Number of the check recipient.

In the event that the fees of the grant writer will be anticipated to exceed $2,500, the award recipient will be responsible for negotiating the additional fees with the grant writer.  TCE will not be responsible for any fees beyond the $2,500 maximum award amount.

TCE does not promise or warrant that an award recipient under this program will receive an SBIR or STTR grant from the federal government.

Award Application Assistance

For additional assistance please contact the Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at ( or 309-677-4321.