Submit a Proposal
- Apply through the agency's SBIR or STTR program before the submission closing date.
Participating Agencies Review Proposals
- Review process times vary; check with the specific agency.
- The program's rigorous proposal review process provides critical feedback that can help refine your concept.
Agencies Award Funding
- If you receive funding, be strategic about how you use it, as the award amount may not cover all of your R&D expenses.
- Previous awardees may apply for Phase I funding for new innovations and Phase II funding for continuing R&D.
Main SBIR Phases
What is STTR?
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program exists to unlock the power and innovative thinking of the country’s research institutions. The primary difference from SBIR is that for STTR, the small business must formally partner with a research institution.
You're eligible to apply for funding through America's Seed fund if your company:
- Is a for-profit entity located in the U.S.
- Has fewer than 500 employees (most applicants have fewer than 10).
- Is owned and controlled by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Some additional restrictions apply with venture capital ownership. See full eligibility guidelines for more details.
No. A non-profit organization cannot directly receive an SBIR or STTR award. Non-profits may be a minority investor or subcontractor or sub-grantee on a project. In addition, an STTR awardee must subcontract a portion of the award to a research institution – a scientific or educational nonprofit institution, or a Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDC).
The research institution mustbe owned and operated exclusively for scientific or educational purposes, non-profit, and located in the US. Research institutions eligible to participate in the STTR Program include:
- Nonprofit college or university
- Domestic nonprofit scientific/research organization
- Federally Funded R&D Centers (FFRDC)
You must have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) from SAM.gov to receive SBIR/STTR awards.