GrantCraft Services

For Startups and Small Businesses


SBIR and STTR grants are competitive, time-consuming, and immensely challenging, even for seasoned academic grant writers. While the prospect of $150,000–$2,000,000 of non-dilutive funding to support innovative research is appealing, most applicants don’t have the time nor the energy required to immerse themselves in the complexities of the application process, to say nothing of crafting a proposal that will stand out and catch the interest of reviewers — just determining how to structure an SBIR-compliant budget is headache enough.

GrantCraft offers SBIR/STTR coaching, proposal writing, and proposal revision services. We guide clients through the entire process of designing, writing, and submitting an SBIR or STTR proposal. We work closely with clients on everything from obtaining the required electronic registrations (e.g.,,, SBA) to crafting an attention-catching narrative and a scientifically significant study design. Along with personal support from an experienced SBIR/STTR specialist, GrantCraft offers a plethora of templates, guides, checklists, and tips to help you feel confident pressing the submit button.

Jace is one of the few grant writers I know with experience applying for these grants. He has the knowledge, experience — and patience — to get proposals from idea to submission.”

Josh Nichol-Caddy, MBA, CGBP

Technology Commercialization Director, Nebraska Business Development Center

For Universities and Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

SBIR/STTR Training

The SBIR and STTR programs offer unparalleled opportunities for non-dilutive federal funding to support the development of innovative technology with potential for commercialization, but the dauntingly competitive and complex application process can deter otherwise ambitious researchers from investing the time and energy to assemble a proposal.

To help innovators get a grasp on SBIR/STTR and get started assembling proposals, GrantCraft offers a variety of training services, from seminars to workshops. We can 1) identify technology languishing in a university IP portfolio that may be suitable for SBIR/STTR, 2) deliver educational programming to help researchers understand the basics of SBIR/STTR and best practices for crafting a winning proposal, and 3) conduct grant writing workshops that will get innovators started on the right foot.

NSF I-Corps-Style Entrepreneurial Training and Coaching

The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is an immersive entrepreneurial training program for scientists and engineers that uses experiential learning to teach the customer discovery process, allowing teams to quickly assess their inventions’ market potential. GrantCraft’s Founder and Principal Consultant, Jace Gatzemeyer, is a certified I-Corps Regional Instructor and has served as an instructor for numerous cohorts from the Great Lakes and Great Plains Regional I-Corps Hubs.

GrantCraft offers training and coaching inspired by the I-Corps program and its focus on “lean entrepreneurship,” an approach that engages researchers in moving products out of the lab and into the market by talking to potential customers, partners, and competitors and encountering the challenges and uncertainty of creating successful innovations.

Jace helped me and my team navigate the STTR process and was helpful with crafting my application.”

Marcia Shade, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing

Other Services

Federal Grants

GrantCraft has experience with a variety of non-SBIR/STTR federal grant programs, particularly opportunities from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration. We offer coaching, proposal writing, and proposal revising services for a wide range of federal grant programs — ask for more information to see if we can help with your non-SBIR/STTR federal grant proposal.

Academic Writing and Editing

GrantCraft has experience writing, revising, and editing academic manuscripts, doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and academic CVs. We offer a variety of academic editorial services — ask for more information to see if we can help with your academic writing.