The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program is designed to support successful Iowa-based grant applications through the Small Business Administration. One component of the program provides up to $50,000 in financial assistance to companies – $25,000 upon receipt of an SBIR or STTR award and $25,000 upon submission of a phase II proposal. IEDA financial assistance is released if the recipient receives an SBIR/STTR award and, as a result, every $1 in State of Iowa funding leverages $14 in federal funding. Today, eight businesses were recommended for SBIR/STTR awards: Direct Spinal Therapeutics, Inc.; Hurd Health Group, LLC; Integrated Behavioral Health Services PC; Paragon Learning Research Group, LLC; iowaMotion, Inc.; StarrMatica Learning Systems; SwineTech, Inc.; and Viewpoint Molecular Targeting, LLC.