DOD SBIR/STTR Training & Advocacy

The resources provided here will give you a foundational understanding of how these programs work as well as how to participate. 

THE SBIR & STTR PROGRAMS

 
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We invest over $1 billion annually in seed ideas from small businesses every year.  We take zero equity. 

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PROGRAM BASICS

This course, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides a basic introduction to the purpose, eligibility requirements and structure of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  The course covers the following areas: What is the Purpose of the SBIR & STTR Programs? Am I Eligible to Participate in the SBIR & STTR Programs?SBIR or STTR? Which One is Right for Me? Tell Me About Additional Phase II Opportunities; The History of the SBIR & STTR Programs; and Contracts vs Grants. The course closes with an introduction to the legislative and policy underpinnings to these programs. To access, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Agency Introductions

This course, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides a high level overview of the SBIR/STTR programs for each participating agency. The information presented is introductory in nature and is based on presentations provided by the agency SBIR/STTR Program Managers. To access, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

AGENCY SOLICITATIONS

To become involved with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, one must prepare a response to a solicitation. Unsolicited proposals are NOT accepted by any of the SBIR or STTR programs. Participating agencies release their solicitations throughout the year. Although they have some similarities, the solicitation guidelines are actually quite different, especially between those agencies that provide their awards as grants and those that use contracts. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the structure of the solicitations in order to make them more approachable. Also highlighted are the times of the year when participating agencies release their solicitations and some distinguishing features of each federal agency. To access, click HERE - clicking this link will redirect you to reference material provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBIR/STTR FOR POST-DOCTORATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

If you are a post-doctorate or graduate student who has developed innovative technology at your university, you have options through which you can receive SBIR/STTR funding. These options stem from either starting your own business or partnering with one; however, there are several factors to consider before you decide whether this is a path you can and want to go down, including ownership rights and your own personal goals. Access our Tip Sheet on this subject by clicking HERE.