Grants provide small seed funding to take your invention forward. Grantors often require recipients to provide periodic updates on progress.
E-Team Grant Program from VentureWell
This is a student-focused program that provides $5K and $20K grants to multi-disciplinary student-lead E-Teams (Entrepreneur-Team).
Dubbed as America's Seed Fun, this portal houses a number of funding opportunities from various government organizations such as NASA, NSF, USDA, Department of Homeland Security, etc. You can read more about the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program - grants/contracts range between $70K and $150K, but you can receive additional grants up to $1M. It is aimed at helping emerging startups. The SBTTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) Program is aimed at helping small business; however, you will need to collaborate with a research institution. Grants starts from $150K and go up to $1M.
- Under SBIR | STTR you can work with the following government agencies. Choose the one that best fits with your particular focus area. GT students, ATDC has resources to help you submit a successful application. Receive the free code for the ATDC "Educate" program by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NSF - National Science Foundation
- NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- NIH - National Institutes of Health
- DOE - Department of Energy
- DOD - Department of Defense
- DOA - Department of Agriculture
- EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
- DOT - Department of Transportation
- Homeland Security
- Department of Education
- NOAA - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Federal and State Government Grants (grants.gov)
Search the federal government database for small business grants that might tie to your particular area. They are often open to companies/startups in the science, technology, or health fields.
DOA's Grant program for Innovations focused on Rural Energy/Renewable Energy Systems/Energy Efficiency Improvement Technologies
With specific focus on rural areas this grant can range between $1,500 and $250,000. The program also offers guaranteed loans or a combination of grant and loans.
Search the non-government database for small business grants that might tie to your particular area. They are often open to all companies/startups.
Search this global database for funding for your research that can support your startup/project.