Program Overview

What are SBIR and STTR Grants?

Each year the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs award approximately $2.5 billion in non-dilutive funding to small, high-tech, innovative businesses.

SBIR encourages small for-profit companies and research institutions to pursue risky but potentially rewarding endeavors to ensure the United States remains the world's innovation leader. The funding is awarded based on a competitive process that considers both the technical merit of the technology to be developed and the potential for successfully introducing it to the market. 

What resources are available to help in navigating this process?

The process of applying for SBIR/STTR funding can be complex. Many companies find it useful to work with grant writers who have experience and success in SBIR/STTR proposals. Due to the highly competitive process of SBIR/STTR grants, successful applicants typically tap external reviewers such as technical experts to review their applications prior to submission. 

The SBIR/STTR Support Center provides support to qualified applicants seeking to apply for an SBIR/STTR Grant. The program is designed to assist companies by providing one or more of the following services:

  • feasibility assessment
  • making connections to principal investigators and strategic partners
  • low-cost or no-cost grant writing
  • technical review
  • business plan consulting
  • assistance in navigating the SBIR/STTR application process
  • training and workshops

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More detail...

To explore detailed information about SBIR/STTR grants please visit the federal site directly at: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)