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Our mission is to help you target

the right sources of funds for your particular development program, craft a grant proposal that will maximize chances for success, and assist you with every aspect of the application process


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Choosing Your Target 

SBIR/STTR grants are a great source of non dilutive funding--but that doesn't mean that they are free of cost.  A typical grant cycle is 4 - 6 months and as a rule competing grant applications are not permitted, even across agencies.  So there is a significant time cost to consider in applying for a grant and it is critical to target those solicitations and agencies that best fit your idea.

Keyword searches are a start, but there is much more to it.  Knowing the funding trends, the ever shifting priorities of the various agencies, and yes sometimes the politics can make all the difference between a grant that connects to that source that wants to fund it and one that doesn't.  

We can help you take that first step in the right direction.  We have decades of experience in grant writing, application and administration.  Put our hard won experience to work for you.

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Crafting Your Application

A grant reviewer typically spends less than 10 minutes on average reading an SBIR/STTR application.   Doesnt seem fair, does it...? You spend months gathering data, weeks honing your arguments, days dotting the i's and crossing the t's of your application...then it might get only 10 minutes or so of consideration.

Stamping your feet is not the answer.  SBIR/STTR grants are intended to fund exciting new ideas that will propel new products into the marketplace.  A well crafted grant will present a compelling argument that makes a reviewer sit up and take notice.   We have decades of experience writing grants and can show you how it's done.

Don't let your grant get "lost in translation".  We offer complete grant writing and consultation services and can help you get started, assist with writing some/all of your grant, or just provide a knowledgeable critique of a completed application.   Give us a call at 617 957 4782 and lets get started.


Submitting Your Grant

Electronic registration is required for virtually all SBIR proposal submissions. The process is complex and time consuming; we can simplify this process and make it easy for you to manage it.  Or, if you like, we can manage it for you.  Whichever route you choose, so it’s important to begin as early as possible.

There are four federal websites that have to be navigated in order to register your company to submit grants electronically, SAM, SBA, eRA commons, and, and all registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted.


1) System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually.

2) SBA Company Registry – New requirement.  Applicants must have a DUNS number to complete this registration.

3) eRA Commons

– eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one

Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.

4) – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the registration.

We have hard won experience with the electronic registration process.  Let us help you get it done without pain and get it done right.


Neal Kalechofsky, Ph.D.


Neal received his Ph.D. in Physics from Umass Amherst in 1995.  Since that time, he has participated in/directed numerous projects ranging in size from small academic research programs up through larger corporate product development efforts.  He was a co-founder of a start up in the MR imaging space Millikelvin Technologies (MKT).  As CTO of MKT he wrote and received numerous SBIR grants/patents as well as participated in raising money from private equity sources

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Gregory T. Martin, Ph.D.

Gregory is an executive, entrepreneur, engineer and scientist with over 25 years’ experience taking medical technologies from concept to bedside to commercialization in academic, start-up and corporate environments. He received his BS, MS, PhD all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering where he also did post-doctoral research and was a Staff Scientist in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.  He has worked with numerous startup companies including being the co-founder of Hemedex, the founding VP of R&D at Opsonix and working as a consulting to many early-stage medical device companies.

Friedel von Goeler, Ph.D.

Friedel is an expert system development, system modeling, analysis, and test, to help clients achieve their product development goals.  He has over 20 years systems development experience with The Raytheon Company advancing new technologies and executing programs from proposal through deployment in roles of increasing responsibility including as Senior Principal Engineer, Team Lead, and Product Owner. Friedel is an expert in signal processing, target detection, tracking and classification, and system and environmental modeling.  He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Maria Paikos-Hantzis


Maria has an exhaustive knowledge of funding institutions and the complexities of their program offerings.  She works with the client to construct the financial portions of the grants.  She has a complete fluency with the electronic submission process and can do the entire submission for the client. Maria received a B.S. in Economics from Suffolk University in Boston and has 25 years of research grant administration experience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University




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