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.


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.