Funding Opportunities: SBIR/STTR
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are highly competitive programs designed to allow small businesses to harness their innovative talents, with the incentive to profit from commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. The SBIR program is aimed at small companies exclusively, while the STTR program funds small companies collaborating with not-for-profit research institutions.
Eligible companies submit proposals against a specific topic, which is prepared by a DoD subject-matter expert. Both SBIR and STTR follow a three-phase process. Phase I is the startup phase, with awards up to $150,000. Phase II awards up to $850,000 as researchers expand on Phase I results and explore commercialization potential. Phase III moves from the laboratory to the marketplace; no SBIR/STTR funds support this phase.
The Department of Defense (DoD) participates in both SBIR and STTR programs. TATRC currently contributes SBIR topics to the solicitations released by the Army and the Defense Health Program (DHP). For STTR, TATRC only contributes topics for the Army program. Solicitations are released only at specific times during the year. Check SBIR web sites (below) frequently for the most current solicitation information.
For more information, visit the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) website at http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/index.html
For more information specifically on the DoD SBIR/STTR program, go to http://www.acq.osd.mil/osbp/sbir/
Recently Funded Topics:
SBIR - OSD 9.3
SBIR - Army 9.3
SBIR - Army 9.2
STTR - Army 2009