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SBIR/STTR Program

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

The SBIR/STTR program is administered through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Technology. The research goals and areas are set by the individual agency that will administer the award. The information below is excerpted from the SBA website and also includes a current schedule of solicitation releases by the various funding agencies that participate in the SBIR and STTR programs.

Please note that each funding agency may differ slightly in their proposal submission requirements so please, read the individual agency solicitations carefully. 

Description of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR):

SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business 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. No more than 1/3 of the total project costs may be subcontracted out.

SBIR Qualifications:

Small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate in the SBIR program.

  • American-owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • Principal researcher employed by business
  • Company size limited to 500 employees

Description of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR):

STTR is an important new small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation's premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century. At least 30% of the total project costs must be subcontracted to the research institution listed on the proposal coverpage and 40% of the total project costs retained by the small business.

STTR Qualifications:

Small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate in the STTR Program.

  • American-owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • Principal researcher need not be employed by small business
  • Company size limited to 500 employees

The nonprofit research institution must also meet certain eligibility criteria.

  • Located in the US
  • Meet one of three definitions
  • Nonprofit college or university
  • Domestic nonprofit research organization
  • Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)

UTA is a nonprofit research institution and meets the criteria required to partner on an STTR proposal.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Technology
Master Schedule of Release Dates
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program – FY 2005

Agency
Release Date
Closing Date
Web address
Department of Agriculture July 1, 2004 August 31, 2004 http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/
fundview.cfm?fonum=1128

Department of Commerce

     

   NOAA

October 20, 2004 January 19, 2005 http://www.oar.noaa.gov/
ORTA/SBIR

   NIST

November 1, 2004 January 28, 2005 http://www.nist.gov/sbir

Department of Defense

    http://www.dodsbir.net/
   SBIR Solicitation 05.1 November 1, 2004 January 15, 2005  
   SBIR Solicitation 05.2 February 1, 2005 April 15, 2005  
   SBIR Solicitation 05.3 August 1, 2005 October 15, 2005  
Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) March 30, 2005 June 1, 2005 http://www.ed.gov/news
/fedregister/index.html 

http://www.ed.gov/fund/
grant/apply/grantapps/in dex.html?src=rt
Department of Energy September 28, 2004 December 13, 2004 http://www.grants.gov & 
http://e-center.doe.gov

Department of Health and Human Services

 

http://grants1.nih.gov/grants
/funding/sbir.htm

    PHS 2005-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation August 2, 2004 November 5, 2004  
   PHS 2005-2 SBIR/STTR Grant Solicitation Jaunary 15, 2005 April 1, 2005
August 1, 2005
December 1, 2005
 
Department of Homeland Security SBIR FY05.1 SBIR FY05.2 (exact dates not yet finalized) November 2004 May 2005 (exact dates not yet finalized) December 2004 June 2005 http://www.hsarpasbir.com
Department of Transportation February 15, 2005 May 2, 2005 www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir
EPA March 24, 2005 May 25, 2005 http://es.epa.gov/ncer/sbir
NASA July 7, 2005 September 7, 2005 http://sbir.nasa.gov/
National Science Foundation March 1, 2005 June 8, 2005 http://www.eng.nsf.gov/sbir/

U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Technology
Master Schedule of Release Dates
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program – FY 2005

Agency
Release Date
Closing Date
Web address

Department of Defense

November 1, 2004 January 15, 2005 http://www.dodsbir.net/
Department of Energy September 28, 2004 December 13, 2004 http://www.grants.gov & 
http://e-center.doe.gov

Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

    PHS 2005-2 SBIR/STTR Grant Solicitation January 15, 2005 April 1, 2005
August 1, 2005
December 1, 2005
http://grants1.nih.gov/grants
/funding/sbir.htm
NASA July 7, 2005 September 7, 2005 http://sbir.nasa.gov/
National Science Foundation      
   Adv. Materials, Manufacturing, & Chem. Processes March 1, 2005 June 8, 2005 http://www.eng.nsf.gov/sbir/