The Minnesota innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is vibrant with a wide array of resources to gain traction with a firm’s technology commercialization efforts. We collaborate with government and academia to support startups and existing firms in the federal R&D arena. Our assistance is primarily focused in these areas:

  • Getting Started – We help you think strategically about how to leverage these programs to achieve your goals. Keep in mind, this is not a destination, it is a journey.
  • Accelerator Cohorts – We deliver a didactic and hands-on cohort model to help qualifying firms prepare and submit high quality proposals.  Our focus is on the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.  We offer adhoc assistance for the remaining federal agencies.
  • Powerful People Connections – We engage with federal agency leaders, qualified consultants, and professionals who deliver value-added advice and guidance to startups and existing firms.
  • Proposal and Budget Pre-Submission Reviews – We are experienced to provide technical and budget reviews of Phase I and Phase II proposals using the agency review criteria, and our extensive experience.
  • Commercialization Plan Review – We offer an outside perspective of the agency commercialization requirements and how your commercialization plan addresses the requirements. The director has been a commercialization plan reviewer for the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.
  • Indirect Cost Rate Determination – We engage qualified experts, local and national, who can help you determine your indirect cost rate. This is a really important number, so take the time to determine this rate.
  • Pre-Award and Post-Award Assistance – We help you understand the world of federal R&D grant and contract funding. The federal R&D landscape is full of rules, regulations, policies, etc.  We offer limited support in this area; however, we also provide referrals to qualified consultants, accountants, government contract attorneys, and others to help you demystify this environment.

Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants


The University of Minnesota, MIN-Corps and the Minnesota Venture Builders offer critical educational content for startups and existing companies to commercialize a new product, service, or process.  We encourage you to review their information for video presentations from the experts.  Click here for more information.