There is a wealth of online information about the SBIR/STTR federal funding process but rarely is it all in one place. Find the top resources and links here.
Below are SBIR/STTR and technology business-related resources to provide assistance. Please take some time to explore and read through the information provided in these links. Please explore and read through the information provided and bookmark if needed!
SBIR/STTR Online Tutorials
SBA’s Online 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. Whether you’re assisting a client, or are a client interested in submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal for funding, these online tutorials are a great starting point to learn more about the SBIR/STTR proposal process.
Individuals learn in different ways, so the 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, simply select the text or PDF version. The tools section contains materials to help facilitate both learning and retention. To check on learning for each course, take the short quiz either as a pre- or post-test.
Use this search to query on keywords related to your technology/innovation to determine if there are any open solicitations for which a technology development might be a match. We suggest that you NOT filter by Agency, as topics well-aligned with your technology/innovation space may exist under agencies you might not presume.
This search enables queries of technology/innovation keywords to see if a solicitation focused on any technology area was issued in the past. Many times the solicitation also gives the name and contact information for the Topic Author, Program Manager or Technical Point of Contact (TPOC). 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. We suggest that you NOT filter by Agency, as topics well-aligned with your technology/innovation space may exist under agencies you might not presume.
A powerful new resource designed to give you a significant competitive advantage in winning SBIR funding. Search and filter by keyword to identify funding topics worth hundreds of millions of dollars in non-dilutive capital for businesses.
Looking to partner with a specific company in a specific technology area? See what topic the company was awarded funding, when, where and for how much.
Search and view both open and closed solicitations.
Stay up-to-date on the latest SBIR/STTR Program news and information.
Guide To Agency Registrations
SBIR Training and Preparation Manuals
This Department of Defense 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.
NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Links
- Pre-Submission Webinar from 3-2014
- NIH RePORTer Database helps applicants determine who else is funded or is funding research at NIH (search SBIR/STTR funding mechanism and additional keywords in text search)
General SBIR & Technology Business Support Websites
The SBA oversees the SBIR (11 Federal Agencies)/STTR (5 Federal Agencies) programs operating in 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. Find useful SBIR/STTR information on: the latest Solicitation News, National & Regional Conferences, and search services.
FedBizOpps.gov provides a search through over 26,000 federal opportunities for businesses. 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.
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 Grants.gov.
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.
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 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.
While the Innovation Partnership (IPart) is Pennsylvania’s statewide SBIR/STTR assistance resource, small technology-related businesses, researchers, or entrepreneurs located in other states also need to contact the right people. This resource link provides helpful information and a drop-down menu so businesses can select their particular state.
Get access to SBIR Awards on high-tech topics ranging from pharmaceuticals and biotech, to robotics, to clean energy, firm profiles including emerging market leaders and well know names and contact records for high-tech thought leaders and executives. Requires registration.
Participating SBIR Agency Contacts
Each Federal Agency participating in the SBIR/STTR Program has key contacts. This is the one-stop shop to find contact information for those individuals. Contacts on this page are not 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
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 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) provides a D-U-N-S Number, a unique nine digit identification number, for each physical location of a business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants.
Small businesses need to register to gain access to the SBIR.gov 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
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
DoD – Department of Defense
- Air Force
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
- Doing Business with the DoD
- DoD SBIR Resource Center
- DoD TechMatch
- DoD SBIR Interactive Technical Information System
- Defense Technical Information Center
- Office of Small Business Programs
- Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
- Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
- National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- Chemical & Biological Defense (CBD)
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
- National Institutes of Health
- NIH Grant Terminology & Grant Acronym List
- NIH SBIR/STTR ListServe Signup
- NIH Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)
- National Cancer Institute SBIR
- NIH Center for Scientific Review
- NIH Scientific Review Group (SRG) Roster Index
- NIH eRA Commons
- NIH ASSIST – The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking
- NIH Special Funding Solicitations
- National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
- NIH Office of Extramural Research Home Page
NSF – National Science Foundation
- National Science Foundation
- NSF SBIR Contacts
- NSF Proposal Submission Site – FastLane
- NSF Video Presentation – SBIR/STTR – What’s the Difference
- NSF I-Corps Resource for Scientists and Engineers
USDA – US Department of Agriculture