You've got a great idea, now what?

Once we meet with you to better understand your innovation or idea, we will identify how best to help. To increase your chances of success, we help you consider the impacts of your business model and your funding strategy at the earliest stages of your business. We help you assess the fit your idea has with the SBIR/STTR programs of specific funding agencies (they all differ from each other) and identify next steps. 

CTC Service ProvidersDuring the planning phase, we'll help you determine if you could benefit from participating in our SBIR Labs program. This competitive award program is designed to support small businesses through critical milestones in preparing and submitting SBIR/STTR proposals for federal grant funding. Selected participants are eligible for subsidized resources and services worth up to $4,500 while paying only a $250 match.


Create a Competitive Proposal through CTC’s SBIR Labs Program

The Center for Technology Commercialization manages the SBIR Labs program with funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The SBIR Labs program is a combination of workshops, resources, tools, consultants and service providers designed to provide individualized support to Wisconsin technology entrepreneurs in preparing and submitting strong, competitive SBIR/STTR proposals to federal grant-making agencies.

to determine the eligibility of your project for SBIR Labs. If you are eligible and the program would potentially be of benefit to you, you can apply to participate in the next program cohort.


Eligible Applicants:

  • Those starting or expanding a technology-based or research-oriented business or a firm located in Wisconsin who are ready to develop an SBIR/STTR Phase I or Phase II proposal or other federal funding proposal.*

Note:  Previous micro-grant recipients should contact a CTC consultant to discuss their potential eligibility for an additional award.


*Examples of projects eligible for funding:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agriculture/AgBio
  • Biomedical/Biotechnology/Medical Devices
  • Dairy/Agricultural Research
  • Energy and Biofuels
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Nano Technology
  • Advanced Materials
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Instruments and Controls
  • Chemical and Environmental Technologies
  • Water



  • Contact the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) for intake and assessment with a
  • After you have met with someone from our staff, you will be asked to submit an electronic application via our website.
  • Pass a credit check



Upon successful completion of the program, participants will have completed one of the following:

  • SBIR/STTR Phase I technical proposal, or
  • SBIR/STTR Phase II technical proposal, or
  • Phase II Commercialization Plan


Apply for SBIR Labs and Next Steps

To apply to participate in the SBIR Labs program:  

1)  or contact us to determine the eligibility of your project with our micro-grant program.

2) After you have made a meeting with someone from our staff, submit an online application for a .

3) You will undergo a credit check as a part of the approval process.  This is due to the fact that state funds pay for services received by program participants (similar to a restricted grant). Those with unpaid federal or state tax liens are ineligible for this program.

4) You will be contacted by our office with notice of approval/denial or for further information.

If you are approved, you will move on to the next step of Planning your SBIR/STTR submission.