The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (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. Visit SBIR/STTR website
The SBIR and STTR programs are U.S. Government programs intended to assist small businesses to conduct R&D via grants. Projects must have the potential for commercialization and meet specific DOE mission-specific R&D needs
- Rights: Businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize their discoveries.
- Eligibility: Only U.S. small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit SBIR and STTR applications. In addition, businesses must be for profit, have no more than 500 employees, and meet other regulatory requirements found in 13 CFR, Part 121.
- Funding/Resources: Grant recipients must cover a portion of the research funding. The percentage varies, depending on the stage of the project, between 30% and 75%.
The federal government encourages small businesses to take on contracting opportunities. For more information on Small Business Administration (SBA) opportunities, click here https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting