SBIR & STTR Services – Federal Dollars Available for High-Tech, Start-Up Companies
The Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) and the closely-related Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program represent an important source of early-stage funding for small, high-tech, for-profit, start-up companies in the United States. These federally-mandated programs provide more than $2 billion each year to carry out leading-edge, high-risk research that allows qualifying businesses to grow. More than 40% of the funds are awarded to companies with ten or fewer employees and much of the money goes to companies with between one and three employees. Nearly one third of the awards go to first-time winners every year.
- Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) – The facts on these programs
- Difference between SBIR and STTR
- Frequently Asked Questions FAQ’s – What do you know?
- Workshop Handout. This is the PowerPoint presentation used for our workshops.
- Solicitation Search – Finding a solicitation that is appropriate for you is the first step towards getting funded.
- SBIR Gateway– The best search engine on previous awards. Another is found on www.sbir.gov.
- www.sbir.gov – The government sponsored web site listing up-coming solicitations, agency links, events and a search engine.
- A Short Audio/Video Overview of SBIR/STTR
– Guides to writing your SBIR/STTR proposals. Also refer to Handbooks.
- Developing the Proposal
- Some Proposal Writing Tips (Idaho Small Business Development Center)
- Sample Proposals – Here are some proposals that will help you.
- SBIR Proposal Preparation Handbook (University of Omaha)
- NIH Overview (PowerPoint)
- A Few Articles to Read
- NSF Overview (PowerPoint) –
- DOD Overview (Video)
- Dr. Gregory Milman’s Advice (Tips and Tricks, Writing for Reviewers, More PowerPoint Presentations)
- ABC’s of Government Contracting (2 ½ hrs. Commercial Video)
- SBIR Basics: The Numbers (Accounting, Costs, Rates, Audits, and More – (Book on Contracting After the Grant)
Additional Helpful Resources for Start Up Businesses
There are many local governmental, non-profit and for-profit companies that offer valuable assistance to entrepreneurs interested in starting a business. Click here to see some of them.
- Recent Nevada Award Winners
- Nevada University Support Centers
- SBIR/STTR Training Events – A listing of SBIR/STTR workshops that are scheduled.
- Links – Other Web sites of interest that are SBIR/STTR Related.
- Contact an SBIR/STTR Specialist at the Nevada Small Business Development Center – NSBDC has people who can assist you in planning your SBIR/STTR strategy.
Technology Development Assistance
The mission of the NSBDC Technology Development Assistance Program is to encourage the statewide growth and development of businesses engaged in technology innovation/commercialization to further economic diversification in Nevada. We serve as a resource to small businesses in applying technology to commercial opportunities and help businesses become aware of existing technologies, facilities, and technical experts available through various government and private sector sources. Please contact the NSBDC at (775)784-1717 for more information. We can put you in touch with resources to develop your technology.
One of the focuses of the NSBDC’s Technology Development Assistance Program is to increase the awareness of two federal technology development programs: SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer).
The Nevada Small Business Development Center’s Technology Development Assistance Program is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/ and NASA through the University of Southern California Engineering Technology Transfer Center http://www.usc.edu/dept/engineering/TTC.