Grants Consulting

Adeptify, LLC works with technology-oriented entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups to seek the early stage capital that will enable them to advance their R&D efforts toward commercialization. The bulk of Adeptify's work is devoted to applications for federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, with particular focus on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Through the SBIR/STTR programs, Adeptify helps innovators navigate the translation step of the research-to-market continuum.

Adeptify is also experienced with academic research grants.

Working with Adeptify on a grant application

Depending on your level of need, Adeptify can:

  • Identify potential funding sources
  • Plan and outline the grant
  • Confer with program officer(s) of the target funding agency
  • Provide input on figures and tables
  • Draft and/or edit text
  • Create the bibliography (using EndNote)
  • Compile necessary information and materials for ancillary documents required for complete application packages (e.g., budgets, biosketches, facilities & equipment, etc.)
  • Finalize and lay out the research proposal (and commercialization plan, if applicable)
  • Create and submit the application package.

Upcoming deadlines


September 5, 2019; January 6, 2020; April 6, 2020.
Solicitations for these deadlines:

  1. For studies NOT involving clinical trials (clinical trials not allowed):
  2. For studies involving clinical trials (clinical trials required):

NIH last updated their application guide on December 7, 2018. Check it out here.


Next deadline: Early to mid June 2019 for Phase I SBIR/STTR applications. NEW!! NSF has now moved to rolling submission windows: from March 4–June 13 and June 14–December 12, 2019. Interested small businesses must submit a 3-page project pitch and wait for an invitation from the NSF cognizant program director to submit a full proposal.

  1. You can access the current solicitation (released March 4, 2019) here: NSF 19-554


Next deadline: Likely mid to late October, 2019. Solicitation not yet released. Access the Phase I RFA for the previous deadline (October 25, 2018) here.

Note on grants work

I collaborate closely with a colleague for grants consulting work (Kafryn Lieder, PhD, of The Well-Tempered Word). Kafryn's additional expertise comes at no additional cost to clients.




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Kafryn Lieder, PhD

"Michelle and I have worked together as collaborating consultants for going on three years, and I look forward to continuing our productive, enjoyable working relationship for many more years....Michelle has developed a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the grant application process, especially for NIH and NSF." Read the entire review on Michelle's LinkedIn profile.