Commercialization Funding

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs award approximately $3.7 billion annually in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses. BRITE works with state and federal networks to help companies navigate this process through workshops, opportunity identification, application review, pitch review and partner introductions. 

Resources for Commercialization Funding

BRITE maintains an internal list of funding opportunities for its portfolio companies. We recommend the following resources for finding more information on recent announcements: 

The Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund is Northeast Ohio’s pre-seed fund that supports technology-based entrepreneurial companies. It awards early-stage capital to businesses in Northeast Ohio, including A awards of up to $25,000 to validate the technology. Learn more: 


The Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) connects Ohio’s federal laboratories to the commercial sector to identify opportunities for companies to partner with university, state and federal entities for research. Learn more: 


The Department of Energy (DOE) has numerous newsletters and email alerts for funding announcements. Learn more: 

Federal Opportunities

All federal opportunities are listed through Sign up for email alerts on funding opportunities. Learn more: 

Vertue Lab

Vertue Lab’s website and newsletter have in-depth information for energy-tech funding opportunities. Learn more: 

Next Energy

Next Energy’s website includes information on recent lab calls and other unique announcements for energy-tech funding. Learn more: 

Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs’ newsletter keeps up-to-date information on recent funding announcements. Learn more: 

Empower Innovation

Empower Innovation is a Californian initiative to advance clean energy. The site maintains a funding directory. Learn more: 

Air Force Science and Technology Website

A virtual service to connect potential partners, ideas and technologies with Air Force experts and opportunities, this website provides a one-stop location to submit ideas, view current open opportunities, identify upcoming events and to search the Air Force S&T website ecosystem.

If you wish to apply, BRITE may be able to assist you and/or direct you to another partner for more resources. Please email for more information.