Opportunity Alert: ACA Program Helps You Submit SBIR STTR Grants

The Arizona Commerce Authority was awarded an $80,000 grant from the US Small Business Administration and has contributed $200,000 in matching funds and in-kind services to develop the PIII Playbook; a structured program of training and technical assistance to prepare Arizona’s small high-tech companies to compete more effectively for federal SBIR/STTR Phase I and II awards and ultimately commercialize their innovations in Phase III.

The PIII Playbook prepares business owners, especially woman-owned, socially and economically disadvantaged and veteran-owned to write compelling SBIR/STTR grant applications with state-of-the-art proposal development workshops, structured mentoring, and follow-up guidance from proven business experts. With this training – innovative small businesses will be better positioned to win federal funding to stimulate their development, accelerate their growth, and ultimately positively impacting Arizona’s economy by creating new jobs.

The PIII Playbook consists of:

  • The Application  – Click here      to begin
  • An on-line Readiness Assessment to help customize our assistance
  • SBIR/STTR  Phase I Proposal Writing Workshops – (multiple AZ locations)
  • SBIR/STTR  Phase II Proposal Writing Workshops (SBIR Phase I recipients only)
  • Individualized   proposal writing technical assistance/coaching, including intellectual      property protection and government cost accounting requirements
  • A   “Ready to Submit” review of your proposal
  • A   review of proposals not accepted for funding to identify opportunities for      improvement
  • Introductions  to additional ACA business development tools

You will receive about 25 hours of professional training and technical assistance (16 hours of group instruction and 9 in a 1:1 setting.)


The PIII Playbook training is highly subsidized by the ACA and US Small Business Administration. Companies selected for the training will be required to pay a reasonable co-payment.

Apply now to become part of the PIII Playbook program. Click on the on-line application to


The  PIII Playbook is funded by the Arizona Commerce Authority and in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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