Millions of dollars in federal research grants are available for small and early-stage technology companies in Minnesota. They just have to know how to ask.
Starting Tuesday, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) will be accepting applications for its new accelerator program, which will coach dozens of small-tech firms and entrepreneurs on how to successfully apply for grant funding from the highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
The MHTA accelerator program aims to enroll 120 companies in 10 program groups in 2020, starting with the inaugural class of 12 companies that will receive guidance on seeking grants from the many entities under the National Institutes of Health. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15, and the coursework runs Oct. 24 to Jan. 6. The free program includes in-person training sessions augmented by “a personalized and customized approach” for each company, MHTA said. The schedule for the future classes is still being determined.