Technology & Innovation Development

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.


Overview Information

Proposal Writing

– A guide to writing your SBIR/STTR proposals.

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.

Technology Development Assistance

The mission of the Nevada SBDC 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 Nevada SBDC 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 Nevada SBDC’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 and NASA through the University of Southern California Engineering Technology Transfer Center.