Workshops and training

SAGE offers a variety of workshops and webinars, as well as individual consulting and mentoring. There is a difference between traditional grants such as R01s and and SBIR/STTR grants – the expected outcomes under SBIR/STTR have to lead to commercial application.

Depending on the agency, the SBIR-STTR program can award from $100,000 to $300,000 for a Phase I project with Phase II being typically $750,000 or more. A successful SBIR-STTR application requires an understanding of how to do the market research, the market need for your idea and the development of a commercialization plan. SBIR/STTR grants provide non-dilatable funding thereby increasing the value of your company. 

Join us each semester for a week of workshops designed to help inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs – students, faculty, and community members – learn how to launch and fund technology-based startups.

University of Nevada, Reno contact: Cara Baird at
APIOiX contact: Arundeep Pradhan at

SBIR-STTR online tutorials

New program for early career academic scientists!

There is an exciting new program called the Small Business Transition Grant For Early Career Scientists for academics in the fields of cancer and genomics.

Funding opportunity announcement for the Small Business Transition Grant For Early Career Scientists

Applications are due March 10, 2021

Upcoming trainings and presentations

Nevada SBDC Tech Tuesdays

March 2, 2021 at 10 a.m.

The new Tech Tuesdays Series partnership with Nevada SBDC is designed to help small tech businesses learn to navigate, access, and connect with programs to propel success.

This session will provide an overview of the similarities and differences between SBIR/STTR programs offered. The discussion will cover company eligibility, agency priorities, funding levels, and procedures.

Register for the upcoming Tech Tuesday

NIH SBIR/STTR Presentation

March 3, 2021 at Noon

SAGE will be hosting a special presentation by an NIH program officer.

Register for the NIH program officer presentation

Current grant deadlines

Department of Energy (DOE) FY2021 Phase II, Release 1 opens on March 1, 2021. DOE requires letters of intent, which are due March 31. Applications are due April 20

Department of Commerce (DOC) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) opened on January 25, 2021. View the FY2021 Phase I information. The solicitation closes on April 14.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has many open solicitations. The next due date is April 5.

Department of Agriculture (USDA) SBIR Phase II has been released and is due May 3, 2021.

Department of Transportation (DOT) FY2021 Phase I solicitation opened on Feb. 4, 2021 and closes March 8 at 3 p.m. An informational webinar will be held February 11 at 1 p.m. (ET).