Sagesurfer Awarded Competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant from the National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

Sagesurfer is a recipient of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research and development (R&D) work. This support will bring our software solution for care coordination to the next level and do more to empower people to partner with caregivers and providers in overcoming behavioral health challenges.

“We are honored to be selected for this prestigious grant which acknowledges our technology shows great promise in transforming behavioral health services,” said Anupam Khandelwal, Co-Founder & CEO. Khandelwal further added, “This grant will give our team the opportunity to further hone our business model, marketing strategies and gather input from our network to guide the expansion and implementation of our product. We look forward to working with NSF experts and I-Corps instructors and taking part in activities which will stimulate technological innovation and commercialization.”

Sagesurfer’s prior work with customers in Virginia and California is the building block for this proof-of-concept research with NSF. Data will be collected through interviews with behavioral health leaders, health plans, case managers and clients and their caregivers in the coming months. What we learn will boost our positive impact on treatment outcomes and the care experience and lower per capita health care costs.  This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant comes in addition to being selected in December 2016 by StartUp Health as a healthcare transformer and mental health moonshot.

“The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” said Barry Johnson, Director of the NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. “We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”

If you are interested in being interviewed for Sagesurfer’s NSF research, contact Anupam Khandelwal at

About the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Programs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards roughly $200 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across almost all areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

To learn more about the NSF SBIR/STTR program, visit:

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Marketing consultant, writer and social worker.

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