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NJSBDC Tech Team Launches Proposal Writing Assistance Program with Support from NJCSIT

NJSBDC State Office | July 10, 2024

Newark, NJ. July 10, 2024 – The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) Tech Team is excited to announce the launch of a new Proposal Writing Assistance program, funded by a $50,000 grant from the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT). This program aims to support New Jersey innovators in developing strong proposals for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

Judith Sheft, Executive Director of CSIT, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration: “The NJ Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) is thrilled that NJSBDC is expanding their FAST (Federal and State Technology Partnership Program) services to include grant development support for NJ entrepreneurs pursuing federal SBIR/STTR grant opportunities. Innovation-based startups face unique hurdles as they work toward commercialization, and partnering with the NJSBDC ensures that NJ entrepreneurs have access to additional technical assistance resources to position themselves for success. With federal FAST funding and a financial match from CSIT, there will be increased participation by NJ entrepreneurs in the SBIR/STTR program with a focus on underserved communities, women-owned, rural-based, and socially economically disadvantaged small businesses. CSIT has heard from entrepreneurs especially those that are new to SBIR/STTR that having assistance in grant development coupled with other NJSBDC support can provide the boost they need to participate in these federal R&D programs. We hope that with this initiative more entrepreneurs will be able to leverage federal non-dilutive funding to advance their product development.”

The Proposal Writing Assistance program will be limited to ten innovators, with two spots already filled. The NJSBDC Tech Team has partnered with BBCetc, a nationally recognized consultancy specializing in SBIR/STTR proposal development, to deliver this program. The team of experts, including former Federal Agency reviewers, will work closely with participants, reviewing their proposals line by line to ensure they meet all requirements and have the highest probability of being funded. It is important to note that while the team will provide thorough reviews and guidance, they will not be writing the proposals for the participants.

To register for the Proposal Writing Assistance program, interested parties should complete this qualification form at:

Alternatively, they can email an inquiry to with the subject line “Inquiry for Proposal Writing Assistance.” The NJSBDC Tech Team will then follow up with a call or send a form to confirm eligibility.


The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) network provides comprehensive services and programs for small and mid-sized businesses in New Jersey. With regional centers and satellite offices across the state, NJSBDC offers a wide range of support, including business consulting, training, and technical assistance.

About CSIT:

The New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) fosters innovation and technology advancement in New Jersey by investing in entrepreneurship and startup development. CSIT provides resources and funding to support the commercialization of innovative technologies.

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