Helping Oregon Tech Startups Win Federal Grants


Government Funding is Complicated.
Vertuelab Can Help.

“The SBIR/STTR Support Center was crucial to Gadusol Laboratories getting its NSF Phase 1 grant. Writing a SBIR grant is a substantial undertaking, and knowing which agency to apply to, where to begin, what to focus on, what a good budget looks like, what letters of support to get – all of that can be overwhelming at first. Leon was there to guide us along the way and make sure we were spending our proposal development time in the best possible way. I would highly recommend that any team considering applying for SBIR or STTR funds reach out to Leon.”

-Katie Pettinger, CEO Gadusol Labs

"The resources provided from participating in the SBIR/STTR Support Center thru VertueLab (formerly Oregon BEST) have proved invaluable to eWind Solutions, Inc.  The SBIR program was our only hope in securing early funding for a new technology and we had to get it right the first time.  The grant writing and submission process can be daunting and we would never have been successful without the assistance from VertueLab.  Our first attempt at submitting a Phase I to the USDA resulted in a 100k award.  The knowledge we gained from the initial grant writing process has been instrumental in our ability to submit successful additional grants to the USDA/NIFA.  In total, we have been the fortunate recipients of two Phase I and two Phase II SBIR awards, with a third Phase I, pending.  I highly encourage anyone looking into the SBIR/STTR programs to contact Leon Wolf at VertueLab and have them assist your company in the process”.

-Katie Schaefer, Co-Founder e-Wind Solutions

Our SBIR/STTR Track Record in Oregon



Each year the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs award approximately $2.5 billion in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses. SBIR encourages small for-profit companies to pursue risky but potentially rewarding endeavors and ideas to ensure the United States remains the world's innovation leader. The funding is awarded based on a competitive process that considers both the technical merit of the technology to be developed and the potential for successfully introducing it to the market.

NOTE: The SBIR/STTR program is available to all proprietary technologies- not just cleantech, in Oregon.

SBIR/STTR Assistance Resources 

SBIR/STTR Assistance provides support to qualified applicants seeking to apply for an SBIR/STTR Grant. The program is designed to assist companies by providing one or more of the following services:

  • Feasibility assessment

  • Connecting to principal investigators and strategic partners

  • Low-cost or no-cost grant writing

  • Technical review

  • Business plan consulting

  • Assistance in navigating the SBIR/STTR application process

  • Training and workshops

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We Help Startups get Funding

The process of applying for SBIR/STTR funding can be complex, and so can finding qualified people to help you navigate the process.  VertueLab's SBIR/STTR Assistance program can help set you up for success and increase your chances of winning an SBIR grant with our expert SBIR grant writer, review process and grant writing workshops.  


Learn about the broad landscape of entrepreneurial funding education and funding pathways including: Small Business Innovation Research “SBIR” federal grants, angel investing, and national lab support for your innovative tech company.

Two ways to attend! REGISTER

  1. In-Person: a working lunch session with experts. Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with SBIR/STTR grant expert, Leon Wolf.

  2. Virtual Luncheon: Save yourself the commute and tap in via Zoom from the comfort of your office or remote location. 

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To learn more about the
SBIR program, solicitations and
tips + tricks on how to apply for an SBIR grant, click on Leon’s BLOG.


SBIR/STTR Solicitation Schedule
by Agency


Plan your SBIR/STTR proposal drafting by referring to our newest tool.

The calendar reflects estimated dates and is for planning purposes only.

To learn about precise LOI, open solicitation and proposal deadlines:



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Visit the federal SBIR/STTR grant site directly to explore more detailed information:

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