SBIR/STTR Programs

The nation's largest source of early stage/high risk funding for start-ups and small business

What is SBIR and STTR?

The Small Business Innovation Research ( SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research ( STTR) programs, also known as America's Seed Fund, are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States. 

SBIR and STTR are federal programs that allow small businesses to compete for research dollars to test, prototype and commercialize new products. Small businesses are creative and flexible and can bring new solutions to the market quickly.

SBIR 101 (Quick Review)

 

What does the money to fund SBIR and STTR programs come from?

The money to fund SBIR and STTR programs come from every federal agency with an extramural R&D budget over $100 million is required to contribute 2.8% to the SBIR program. In addition, every federal agency with an extramural R&D budget over $1 billion is required to contribute 0.4% to the STTR program. This equates to a combined total of $2.5 billion available annually.

*Numbers based on 2015 data

Who is the administrator?

The administrator is SBA (Small Business Administration).

Which agencies participate in the SBIR and STTR programs?

The agencies participating in SBIR are as follows:

  • DOD – Department of Defense
  • NIH – National Institute of Health
  • NSF – National Science Foundation
  • DOE – Department of Energy
  • NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • DHS – Department of Health and Human Services
  • USDA – U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • DOC – Department of Commerce
  • DOT – Department of Transportation
  • EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
  • DoEd – Department of Education

The agencies participating in STTR are as follows:

  • DOD – Department of Defense
  • NIH – National Institute of Health
  • NSF – National Science Foundation
  • DOE –  Department of Energy
  • NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • USDA – Department of Agriculture

How much money is awarded?

The money is awarded into three Phases.

Phase I Phase II Phase III

Feasibility/Proof of Concept: $150-225K

Prototype: $1-2.5M

Commercialization: Funded by private sector or by federal agencies

Who can apply?

A small business with a defensible idea or intellectual property can apply. (SBA definition < 500 employees.)

  • For SBIR the small business must perform 67% of the R&D in Phase I and 50% of the R&D in Phase II.
  • For STTR the small business must have a research institution* as a partner and the small business must perform 40% of the R&D in Phase I & II.

A university or a national lab


  

4-Part SBIR/STTR Seed Captial Series Presentation

Presented by: Martin Kleckner, III, PhD MBA

 

1. Winning SBIR & STTR Funding: Raising Your Chances for Success - July 12, 2008

2. Winning Phase I & II SBIR/STTR Grants: Beyond the Basics - August, 23, 2018

3. Funding Your Innovation with Phase I & II Grants and Business Alliances - September 21, 2018

4. SBIR/STTR Workshop Series: Roadmap to Commercialization - October 18, 2018Beyo