What are the SBIR and STTR Programs?

The federal Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program offer small businesses an opportunity to secure much needed and hard to find funding to conduct research on behalf of the government. The SBIR Program is a highly competitive three-phase award system designed to allow small businesses to serve as the prime contractors (SBIR) or subcontractors (STTR) in meeting the federal government’s research needs. There are 11 federal agencies that offer SBIR awards and some 4 or 5 agencies that also have an STTR program.

What are the three phases of the SBIR Program?

Is this a loan?

How Much Funding Is Available through the SBIR Program?

How Do I Get Started?