More SBIR/STTR Resources

Here is a compilation of some SBIR/STTR and technology business-related resources which should be of great assistance and interest. Please take some time to explore and read through the wealth of information provided in these links.


SBIR/STTR Online Tutorials

• SBA On-Line, SBIR/STTR Tutorials (Multiple Informational Formats)

Whether you are assisting a client, or ARE a client interested in submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal for funding, these online tutorials are a FANTASTIC starting point to learn more about the SBIR/STTR proposal process.

The On-Line Tutorials is a set of courses designed to help interested parties learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. As individuals learn in different ways, information in each course is presented in three different formats. Pick a format and then use that throughout. The Video format is designed for people who learn best by listening to others speak; while the Multimedia format, the default in each course, provides a mixture of text and video clips. For those that prefer to read, you can simply select the text or pdf version. The tools section contains materials to help facilitate both learning and retention. To see if you have truly mastered the materials in each course, be sure to take the short quiz either as a pre- or a post-test.

Solicitation Searches

• Open Solicitation Search Through SBA

Use this search to query on keywords related to your technology to determine if there are any open solicitations for which your company or technology development might be a match.

 Closed Solicitation Search Through SBA

This search enables you to query on technology keywords to see if a solicitation focused on your technology area was issued in the past. Many times the solicitation also gives the name and contact information for the topic author or program manager. You can contact these individuals to find out more about the previous solicitation and see if there is any interest in rejuvenating the topic area for a future solicitation.

• SBIRSource – Funding Opportunity Explorer – This is a powerful new resource designed to give you a significant competitive advantage in winning SBIR funding to advance your technology and grow your business.  You can search and filter by keyword to identify funding topics worth hundreds of millions of dollars in non-dilutive capital for your businesses.  Get started now by browsing and searching through the funding opportunities at the SBIRSource website link.

• Search DOD SBIR Opportunities

DOD, SBIR/STTR-specific topic search page.

• Previous SBIR/STTR Awardees Search

This is helpful if you are looking to partner with a specific company in your technology area. You can see what topic the company was awarded funding, when, where and for how much.

• SBIR.Gov Key Solicitation Dates

Search on and view both open and closed solicitations.

• SBIR Insider Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest SBIR/STTR Program news and information.

Guide To Agency Registrations

• Agency Registration Guide (as of 11/2015)

The linked document is a handy grid of the registrations required by federal agencies that should be in place prior to federal proposal submission.  The document is a guide.  Please ensure you read ALL solicitation submission guidelines for the most accurate and current federal agency registration requirements.

SBIR Training and Preparation Manuals

• SBA’s SBIR Manual

The purpose of this publication is to enhance the ability of small businesses to compete effectively in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. In order to participate in these programs, firms submit SBIR proposals to federal agencies in direct response to specific solicitations. Accordingly, the primary emphasis of this publication is on proposal preparation. As proposal submission is the culmination of a planning process, prudent firms devote attention to planning their proposal prior to the actual writing. This publication contains three chapters corresponding to a process through which your firm determines the suitability of SBIR participation, selects projects, and finally prepares proposals.

• SBIR Proposal Examples (DoD) 

This DOD Resource is helpful at providing guidance on the following SBIR/STTR DOD proposal preparation areas: Proposal Cover Sheet; Cost Volume – Cost Breakdown Guidance & Understanding Cost Volume Terms; and Company Commercialization Report.  It also provides a good examples of  both a Phase I and Phase II sample proposal.

• Helpful NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Links

In the following links, you will find helpful NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Assistance information:  Sample Applications and Summary Statements; Annotated Form Sets; NIH SBIR FAQs; The Peer Review Process & Application Tips PPTs; Pre-Submission Webinar from 3-2014 and the NIH RePORTer Database:  Which can help you determine who else is funded/is funding this research at NIH (You can search SBIR/STTR funding mechanism and your keywords in text search).


General SBIR & Tech. Business, Support Web sites

• Small Business Administration

The SBA oversees the SBIR (11 Federal Agencies)/STTR (5 Federal Agencies) programs operating in the different federal Agencies.  This weblink provides a brief overview of the programs.

• SBIR Gateway (Zynsys)

Zyn Systems is a technology and management consulting firm specializing in Federal Technology Transfer, SBIR advocacy, Commercialization, Technology Outreach Programs, Proposal Evaluations, Contract Monitoring, Conference Management, and the development of Web-based management systems and e-business solutions.  At this link you can find useful SBIR/STTR information on: the latest Solicitation News, National & Regional Conferences, and search services, as well as the ability to sign up for and receive the SBIR Insider Newsletter.


• Federal Business Opportunities give you the opportunity to search through over 26,000 federal opportununities for businesses.  You can also find Federal Business Opportunity Training videos at this site as well as User Guides for Buyers, Vendors, Engineers, and Local/Agency Admin, and FBO FAQs.

• Searchable Federal Business Opportunities

A daily list of U.S. Government procurement invitations, contracting awards, contracting leads, sales of surplus business property and foreign business opportunities.


Your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for

• Small Business Technology Council (SBTC)

The Small Business Technology Council is a non-partisan, non-profit industry association of companies dedicated to promoting the creation and growth of research-intensive, technology-based U.S. small business. SBTC is a council of the National Small Business Association (NSBA), the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization celebrating more than 75 years in operation.

• State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) Weekly Digest Subscription

SSTI is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports, and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation.  As the most comprehensive resource available for those involved in technology-based economic development (TBED), SSTI offers the services that are needed to help build tech-based economies. SSTI’s free weekly electronic newsletter provides readers with valuable, timely information on critical issues affecting the tech-based economic development community. Receive SSTI Weekly Digest in your e-mail by Registering HERE.

• SBIR/STTR Contacts For Businesses In Other States

While the Innovation Partnership (IPart) is Pennsylvania’s statewide SBIR/STTR assistance resource; if you are a small technology-related business, researcher, or entrepreneur located in another state – you’ll need to contact the right people to help you get started.  This resource link provides you with this helpful information.  A drop-down menu on this page will allow you to select the state where you are seeking small business assistance.

Participating SBIR Agency Contacts

• Contacts For All SBIR-Participating Agencies

Each Federal Agency participating in the SBIR/STTR Program has key contacts.  This is your one-stop link to find the contact information for those individuals.  COntacts on this page are not the Program Managers (PMs) or Technical Points of Contact (TPOCs), or Topic Authors (TAs) for individual agency SBIR/STTR solicitation topics.


Company/Applicant SBIR/STTR Registration Sites

• Employee Identification Number (EIN) 

An employer identification number (EIN) is a nine-digit number assigned by the IRS. It is used to identify the tax accounts of employers and certain others who have no employees. The IRS uses the number to identify taxpayers that are required to file various business tax returns.

• Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) DUNS Number

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) provides a D-U-N-S Number, a unique nine digit identification number, for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants.

• Registration

Small businesses need to register to gain access to the system. Completed registrations will receive a unique SBC Control ID to be used for submissions at any of the 11 participating agencies in the SBIR or STTR programs.


SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Links

DOC – Department of Commerce

DOD – Department of Defense

DOED – Department of Education

DOE – Department of Energy

DHS – Department of Homeland Security

DOT – Department of Transportation

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

NASA – National Aeronautics & Space Administration

DHHS/NIH – Department of Health & Human Services / National Institutes of Health 

NSF – National Science Foundation

USDA – US Department of Agriculture