Our 4Startups Programs

Designed to provide SBIR applicants a structure, framework, and human support through the process.


  • 8-10-week programs with weekly briefings
  • Q&A with our PhD team
  • Optional grant writer/consultant on a success-fee basis (i.e. $0 upfront)*

NSF4Startups

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2021-09-07

NSF SBIR/STTR Phase 1 awards up to $256K to startups to build deep tech moonshot ideas. Funds almost all areas of science and tech.

AFWERX4Startups

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2021-08-25

AFWERX SBIR/STTR Phase 1 awards up to $50K to startups that have commercially-validated technologies being applied to benefit the US Air Force ecosystem of air crafts, infrastructure and human health and performance.

NIH4Startups

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2021-11-04

NIH SBIR/STTR Phase 1 awards up to $400K to startups working in all areas of health. Covers the Omnibus as well as targeted solicitations.

USDA

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2021-09-23

USDA/NIFA awards up to $175K for a Phase 1 SBIR and funds several areas of agriculture technology, plant tech, food, rural resources, and environment among others. Rural adaptations of commercial technologies are eligible.

*The way this works is that along side the tasks completed by you every week, our grant writers will come in and write out your proposals for you in a collaborative manner. More information is available on the specific program pages above. Most programs run multiple times a year to coincide with submission dates/windows

**The appearance of government agency visuals (NSF, NIH, DoD, etc.) does not imply or constitute government agency endorsement.

We've been extremely successful in helping startups raise non-dilutive funding

350+
Startups
> $7M
Funding Obtained

…and we’re not even counting the money saved through our partner resources!

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Steve B.
I give very high commendations to TurboSBIR/OmniSync for the entire program put together – company mentoring and professional grant writing – all in a “one-stop-shop” format! And I especially give high commendations to Rupak Doshi for all his expertise and help. Navigating the complex maze required by various government agencies is daunting in its own right, let alone being able to succinctly put together compelling proposal documents. In both areas, TurboSBIR excelled beyond my expectations! I would give high recommendations to other companies interested in your services…
Steve B.

Founder/CEO, Pure Spun Innovations

RESOURCES & SBIR FAQS

Questions?

Read through some of our FAQs below. Chat with us if you have more questions.

What is the SBIR program ?
Most startups begin with a novel idea, which needs to be tested before any investor will believe it. The US government recognized this back in 1982, when they established the SBIR program to support innovative R&D in startups at the concept stage. Under this program, startups are awarded grants or contracts by the Federal government, without any expectation of direct financial returns. In other words, these are not loans, and nor does the government want shares or part ownerships in startups. This is why SBIR grants and contracts are often termed non-dilutive funding\" for startups, to distinguish them from investor funds that result in entrepreneurs' ownerships in their own companies being 'diluted'.
How much money are we talking about ?
Most startups begin with a novel idea, which needs to be tested before any investor will believe it. The US government recognized this back in 1982, when they established the SBIR program to support innovative R&D in startups at the concept stage. Under this program, startups are awarded grants or contracts by the Federal government, without any expectation of direct financial returns. In other words, these are not loans, and nor does the government want shares or part ownerships in startups. This is why SBIR grants and contracts are often termed non-dilutive funding for startups, to distinguish them from investor funds that result in entrepreneurs' ownerships in their own companies being 'diluted'
What topics are funded ?
We can guarantee that no genuine startup, working on a novel product or service, will have trouble finding a fit with one or more of the SBIR grant and contract programs. The SBIR program is run by 11 Federal agencies on different dates throughout the year. Most agencies fund inter-disciplinary products, but in general: "National Science Foundation (NSF) - the most agnostic, funds almost all areas of science and technology "National Institutes of Health (NIH) - any and everything to do with health "Department of Defense (DoD) - any and everything to do with defense and people within defense. DoD includes its various components, such as Air Force, Army, Navy, etc. "US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) - Agriculture, food, and plan-related innovations in rural and urban ecosystems "Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Food, water, air, forests, etc. all innovations that impact the environment around us "NASA - innovations related to space and earth-bound products with potential applications in space "Dept. of Energy - innovations in renewable and.r non-renewable energy in all its forms "Dept. of Education - innovations and technologies to further educational systems in the US at all levels "Dept. of Transportation - Air, water, and land transport innovations "Dept. of Homeland Security - innovations pertaining to ports of entry/exit and related products with impact on Homeland Security "Dept. of Commerce - Funds SBIRs through NOAA (ocean exploration, ocean-water tech, atmospheric sciences) and NIST (measurement-related innovations across all areas of science and tech)"
What exactly is funded under the SBIR program ?
This is the toughest question to answer specifically, because of the subjectivity in how different people view the kind of work they do. But essentially, startups should know that the 'IR' in SBIR stands for Innovation Research, and so all SBIR grants and contracts are awarded for innovative (new) R&D work on US soil that has the potential to benefit the US economy in some way. One thing to note is that innovative R&D doesn't mean that you need to propose work in a university laboratory. It simply means that your work should lead to a new finding that can be applied in a commercial world. "We have more guidance on our app, and strategy consultation available for you to gauge whether your project could be viewed as innovative R&D. We have helped several startups understand and position their projects in a way that make them suitable for the program.
How long does it take ?
From the time of application to receiving the money, a Phase 1 grant typically takes 3-6 months. The Air Force program is the fastest, wherein you get notified of a Phase 1 $50K award in 1 month following the application deadline. If you think that 3-6 months is a long time, and that investors might write you a check quicker, you should look up 'how long does raising seed funding take' for a reality check. And remember, this is free money that we're talking about!
What about STTR ?
The Small Business Technology Transfer Research is a special program within the SBIR ecosystem, which was designed to foster deeper collaborations between universities and startups. Its typically used by academic professors to commercialize inventions from university laboratories, and has flexible rules around budget spending and Principal Investigator eligibility.