Supplemental funding to accompany an SBIR or STTR Phase I or II award

Technical and Business Assistance (TABA)

TABA is a program that allows the funding agency to provide money for things like legal fees, marketing, website creation and business assistance. With this funding you can either a) utilize services through an agency-selected vendor, or b) identify your own vendor and in that case there are specific guidelines from each agency. Funds range from $6,500 for Phase 1 to $50,000 for Phase II, review each agency for more information.

Typical resources and services covered by TABA

  • Market assessment - reviewing competitive technologies, market size and dynamics
  • SWOT analysis and/or needs assessment
  • Expert/end-user interviews for insights and market validation
  • Review and editing of commercialization plan
  • Intellectual property (IP) landscape review
  • Intellectual property (IP) strategy consultation
  • Product development consultation
  • Regulatory strategy consulting
  • Market entry strategy development
  • Company team building
  • Manufacturing strategy consultation
  • Financial plan review
  • Fundraising strategy development
  • Preparation of marketing material
  • Identification of and outreach to potential commercialization partners
  • Marketing for trade shows, conferences or events
  • Deal terms/licensing advisory

Technology Enhancement for Commercial Partnerships (TCEF)

TCEF is supplemental funding available to Current Phase II Awards to boost commercialization (up to 20% of award).

More information on TCEF

Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)

CCIC is supplemental funding available for community college related teams

More information on CCIC

Diversity supplements - Funding to support diverse teams is available for most agencies

Existing SBIR awardees are eligible to apply for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research or in the SBIR program.

More information on diversity supplements