SAGE helps technology entrepreneurs win grants
from the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs.

Government funding can be complicated.
SAGE will help.

SAGE works with inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs to:

  • determine if an idea or business qualifies for the SBIR-STTR program

  • find appropriate and available SBIR-STTR research grant opportunities

  • navigate the complex world of the government grant process, and

  • help write the best possible proposal.

Upcoming Events


The SAGE Team will be on the UNR Campus in February!
All sessions will be held at The Joe Crowley Student Union in Room 402.

Feb 10 from 3-5 PM
How to get Federal Research Grant Funding for Your Startup
Feb 11 from 2-4 PM
Customer Discovery & Validation
Feb 13 from 3-5 PM
Funding for Technology Startups
Feb 14 from 11-12 PM
The Differences Between RO1 and SBIR/STTR

SAGE is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program.

SBIR-STTR Program Overview

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs are competitive grant funding available to U.S. small businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

The programs are designed to encourage engagement in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) for ideas, inventions, and innovations with the potential for commercialization.

By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

SBIR is open to all small technology-based businesses. STTR funds are allocated to public/private sector partnership for joint venture opportunities with nonprofit research institutions, including universities such as UNR. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between basic science and commercialization.