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) directs 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 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 a 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 an SBIR/STTR new entity, please refer to the following resources required to undertake this work.