Funding Opportunities

Regional Funding Opportunities

San Antonio has several grant opportunities available for local life science companies that are seeking biomedical resources. The signature bioscience funding event is BioFest Invest, which brings together potential investors from across the nation and Texas bioscience companies seeking investment funding. BioMedSA connects members seeking funding with potential investors throughout the year. In addition, companies can contact Alamo Angels and BKC Angels to present pitches locally. 

The San Antonio Medical Foundation awards collaborative research grants each year with Notice of Intent submissions required by Dec. 15. The San Antonio Partnership for Precision Therapeutics (SAPPT) calls for applications for collaborative research in their target area. The San Antonio Area Foundation has a biomedical research grant program for non-profits. The City of San Antonio has a general fund to assist companies seeking to create jobs and investment in San Antonio, in addition to incentives. Texas companies working in the area of cancer research, product development, and prevention are eligible to apply for a Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Info

The SBIR federal grant program provides phased funding without an equity cost to small businesses. An overview tutorial on all of the SBIR opportunities is here, including bioscience opportunities from DOD, NIH, and NSF. Several training sessions throughout the year are posted on our Events page. The UTSA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and VelocityTX offer SBIR training. Neutrino Donut and Grant Engine offer grant writing assistance services.

Free SBIR Proposal Review available to BioMedSA members

BioMedSA members with successful grant experience have volunteered to review SBIR proposals in order to increase the win rate for our community. The volunteers will have signed a confidentiality agreement prior to the review, but entrepreneurs are encouraged to redact any confidential information. Companies will need to plan for the anticipated review process times as shown below, although reviews may be faster.

Step 1 (2 weeks): Interested startups can apply for the review by submitting an attachment (2 pages max.) with the following to with SBIR REVIEW in the subject line: proposal summary, name of funding agency/opportunity, list of executive team and their experience/qualifications, and IP status/trade secret plan. For proposals that have been rejected, please also attach the reviewer comments. The volunteer reviewers will spend up to an hour reviewing the attachment and respond with strengths, weaknesses, and suggestions. Proposals that are accepted for review may proceed to Step 2. Others will be recommended to attend an SBIR preparation course.

Step 2 (2 weekends): For new proposals only (without agency review comments), companies will submit an outline/bullets for the proposal sections and 2-3 volunteers will spend an hour making comments in the document.

Step 3 (2 weekends): Companies will submit their fully written proposals, budgets, and the review form from the funding agency (or a document with the review criteria). A different set of 2-3 volunteers will spend up to 3 hours reviewing the proposal and budget.

Subsidized On-The-Job Training Program


Eligible Company Requirements

Employer Benefits


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