What is an SBIR/STTR?
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena and encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its 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.
About the SBIR Program – Click here to learn: https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir
- SBIR Mission and Program Goals
- What eleven Agencies participate in the SBIR Program?
- How does the program work?
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR”s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.
About the STTR Program – Click here to learn: https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sttr
- STTR Mission and Program Goals
- Five STTR Participating Agencies
- How does the program work?
Below are several sites that contain and have links to:
- In-depth information on the SBIR/STTR Program
- Have links to the different Agencies who participate in SBIRs and STTRs
- Have on-line tutorials
- Have links to specific opportunities for SBIRs and STTRs
- Provide opportunities to data-mine for potential grants, contracts and other Broad Area Announcements that are non-SBIR/STTR based
SBIR/STTR and Grant Search Sites:
SBA SBIR-STTR Search Site
SBA Site that provides overall information and in-depth information on SBIRs, STTRs, processes, on-line Tutorials, solicitation listings, and past and present awards.
About contains: information on the SBIR program, its mission and goals, Agencies that participate in SBIRs/STTRs, the directive that authorizes the SBIR program, and more. This also contains links to each Agency that participates in SBIRs/STTRs.
SBIR Participating Agencies:
United States Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology
Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services (NIH)
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
STTR Participation Agencies:
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation
Listing of open, future, and past closed SBIR/STTR solicitations:
Currently open solicitations:
Thinking beyond NIH for Health-Related SBIR/STTR Funding
(Other Agencies with Health related topics, and contact info for each center).
Sensor Technology for the 21st Century
(This web page on sensor technology is designed to help sensor developers locate SBIR and/or STTR funding opportunities across federal agencies, and contact info for each center.)
Listing of awards ranging from 1983 to present. Please be aware that listing can sometimes be up to 6 months late in posting to site, depending on the Agency and when each Agency’s SBIR/STTR is put on contract. Page allows for searching by Keywords in the abstracts, the company name, or the agency topic number. Results can be parsed down by specific Agency, Phase I or Phase II, SBIR or STTR, Year, or state company is/was located in at time of award.
News and Events
Contains news, events, success stories, calendars, available webinars, and upcoming conferences.
Program Basics, Agency Solicitations, Finding Partners, Accounting and Finance, SBIR Data Rights, and more.
Resources, Areas for Entrepreneurs, and Tools
FAQs: including – General Questions, Eligibility Requirements, Company Registry, Data Rights, VC Participation, Terms and Abbreviations, and more.
Defense Innovation Marketplace
A Government Military site focused on technology development, solicitations, opportunities for Government and Industry IR&D, news and events, and business opportunities.
Links to Business Opportunities for various Agencies and groups with listing of latest solicitations:
Other DoD Agencies/Offices:
(Coalition Warfare Program, DARPA, Defense Health Agency, Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Information Analysis Centers, Joint improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense, Missile Defense Agency, NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Rapid Reaction Technology Innovation Outreach Program)
Rapid Innovation Fund
DoD Basic Research
(Office of Secretary of Defense Thrust areas, National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowships, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, Related programs and offices that execute programs – Army / Navy / Air Force / DARPA / DTRA / OSD Programs)
(Navy Labs – Surface Warfare Centers, Undersea Warfare Centers, Air Warfare Centers, Space and Naval Warfare Center Systems Center, Navy Medicine, Army Labs, Air Force Labs)
FFRDCs and UARCs:
FFRDCs (the Aerospace Corp, Lincoln Laboratory, RAND Project AF, National Defense University, Software Engineering Institute, RAND Arroyo Center, IDA Communications & Computing Center, Center for Naval Analysis, IDA Analyses Studies and Analyses Center, National Security Engineering Center, RAD National Defense Research Institute)
UARCs (Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, Ames Research Center, Institute for Creative Technologies, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, Applied Physics Laboratory, Applied Research Laboratory, Applied Research Laboratories, Space Dynamics Laboratory, Center for Advanced Study of Language, Systems Engineering Research Center, National Strategic Research Institute)
(Army, Air Force, Navy, Other DoD, Warfighting Lab Incentive Fund, Rapid Innovation Fund, Small Business Resources, Acquisition Resources, Technology Interchange Meetings)
(Army, Air Force, Joint Activities, Navy, Marines, Other DoD, Key Strategy Documents, US S&T Priorities, DoD Instructions)
Communities of Interest
Energy and Power Technologies
Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Ground and Sea Platforms
News and Events
Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
Government site where Government users may post, manage and award opportunities. Vendors and citizens may search, monitor and retrieve opportunities. Can search by Date posted, Set-aside code, Geographic place of performance, Type of opportunity, Keyword or solicitation number, or Agency.
Getting Started (includes training videos, user guides and FAQs)
Opportunities (by List, Advanced Search and Archives)
(Lists over 120 Government Agencies listed. Click on an Agency. Listing of current and past solicitations, announcements, etc. are listed.
DoD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal
Site Lists Broad Area Announcements for Multiple Agencies. Site lists instructions for multiple agencies to respond to BAAs, both for SBIRs and STTRs, current resources, Current topics and solicitations, award search, FAQs, User Guides, resources, and various training and downloads.
Site lists current releases, pre-release dates, dates open for questions, opening and closing dates for responses, etc. This is for DoD Agencies only.
Lists Instructions and components for related Agency SBIR/STTRs. Includes:
- Air Force
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Defense Health Agency (DHA)
- Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
- Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)
- US Special Operations command (USSOCOM)
Topics Search – Allows for search for topics under current solicitation(s)
Archives / Topics and Awards Search – Search for current and past topics by Program, Agency,
Award year and Solicitation/BAA
Archives / Past BAA Solicitations
Grants.gov is a government site designed to provide a common website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them. The Grants.gov system allows applicants to electronically interact with federal grant-making agencies, and to respond to potential opportunities. It centralizes more than 1000 grant programs across federal grant making agencies that award billions annually, and standardizes grant information, applicator packages and processes for finding and applying for federal grants. Site is designed to allow to learn about grants, policies, eligibility and identify and respond to opportunities.
Grants Terminology – A to Z
Grant Making Agencies
Grant Systems – systems and tools are involved in the registration, application, and reporting processes connected to federal awards
Search for Grants
Apply for Grants
Check for Eligibility – Is your organization eligible for a grant?
Get Registered – you need to register as either an individual or organization applicant.
Organization Applicant Registration
Apply for Grants – instructions for the application download and submission process
Track your Application
Grants.gov online User Guide
Manage subscriptions – Sign up to be notified by email regarding new grant opportunities
Grant Forms Information, Grant forms, and Grant Form Instructions
Grant making agencies:
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
The Agency for International Development is an independent federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to ensure a better future for us all.
Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and the Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, through stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation’s economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management, and accountability in federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
The Department of Energy’s goal is to advance national, economic, and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Department of Health and Human Services is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management, and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the nation’s natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities, and excellence in management.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits, and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.
U.S. Department of State (DOS)
The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
The Department of Transportation’s mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
U.S. Department of the Treasury (TREAS)
The Department of Treasury is a steward of United States economic and financial systems, promotes conditions for prosperity and stability in the U.S., and encourages prosperity and stability in the rest of the world.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veteran’s benefits for its constituents through high-quality, prompt, and seamless service to United States veterans.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage, and increase civic participation.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration serves as the nation’s forefront of such exploration and continues to pioneer in aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
The National Archives and Records Administration enables people to inspect the record of what the federal government has done, enables officials and agencies to review their actions, and helps citizens hold them accountable.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest national source of funds for the arts.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare, and to secure the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, federally-supported college and university research.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting, and protecting the interests of small businesses, and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.
Social Security Administration (SSA)
The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s Social Security programs.