SBIR/STTR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program are competitive awards-based programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is responsible for directing the participating agencies in the administration of the program, assists participating agencies in implementing SBIR/STTR, reviews their progress, reports annually to Congress on its operation, and aggregates agency solicitation announcement information.

Each year, federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate 2.5 percent of their R&D budget to SBIR programs. For STTR, federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $1 billion are required to reserve 0.3% of the extramural research budget for STTR awards to small businesses.

If you have been approached by an industry representative to participate in an Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award, we will work with you to finalize legal agreement, IP issues and other issues related to SBIRs/STTRs. If you are contemplating establishing a company to apply for an SBIR/STTR, we will facilitate the process. If you are planning to share your lab facilities with an SBIR/STTR partner, or would like to use your lab for a SBIR/STTR new entity, please refer to the following resources required to undertake this work.