Technical and Business Assistance (TABA)

Supplemental SBIR/STTR funding you might not know about.

The TABA supplement is essentially a mechanism to help you cover commercialization and business costs that otherwise could not be included in your SBIR/STTR proposal. TABA stands for “Technical and Business Assistance”, and was authorized in 2019 as part of the SBIR/STTR programs. Specifically, TABA supplemental funding enables the awardee business to secure the services of one or more third-party service providers, such as BBCetc., to assist with one or more of the following commercialization activities:

  • Identification and development of customers for the SB-funded technology
  • Advice on financing strategy and fundraising from the private sector
  • Establishing strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders
  • Evaluation and protection of intellectual property
  • Establishment and evaluation of regulatory and reimbursement strategy
  • Other activities to accelerate or strengthen the commercialization case for the underlying technology

Several agencies are implementing TABA services, but funding amounts vary by agency. Typically, TABA supplements can be $6,500 for a Phase I project and up to $50,000 for a Phase II project. In addition, some agencies (for example NIH, some DOD components, DOE) provide their own programs for commercialization assistance at no cost to the company. If you choose to include TABA funds in your proposal, you may not use these agency sponsored programs You need to carefully read the instructions from the specific agency funding your project. In addition, instructions are changing so you can’t assume that any information you already have — perhaps from a previous solicitation — is still valid.

BBCetc is here to help.
BBCetc can coach you through the TABA solicitation process as well as providing the services listed below.

  • Market Analysis- reviewing competitive technologies, market size and dynamics
  • Expert/End-User Interviews for Insight and Market Validation
  • IP Landscape Review
  • IP Strategy Consultation
  • Product Development Consultation
  • Market Entry Launch Strategy
  • Company Resource and Team Building
  • Manufacturing Strategy Consultation
  • Fundraising Strategy Development
  • Financial Plan Review
  • Preparation of Marketing Materials
  • Identification and Outreach to Potential Partners

To learn more about TABA and how BBCetc can help, contact Kris Bergman at