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!
- SBA – Federal & State Technology Partnership Program (FAST)
- SBIR/STTR Online Tutorials
- Solicitation Searches
- Guide to Agency Registrations
- USPTO IP Awareness Assessment
- General SBIR & Technology Business Support Websites
- Participating SBIR Agency Contacts
- Company/Applicant SBIR/STTR Registration Sites
- SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Links
- Agency Micro-sites
- IPart FAQs
- Tips for Success
- Preferred Provider Listing
SBIR/STTR Online Tutorials
SBIR/STTR Tutorials by SBA (Multiple Informational Formats)
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.
Open Solicitation TOPIC Search Through SBA
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.
Past Solicitation TOPIC Search Through SBA
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.
Powered By Eva Garland Consulting (an IPart Preferred Provider) – This link provides you with the FOA#, Description, Dates & Links for Open Federal Funding Opportunities.
Previous SBIR/STTR Awardees Search
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.
SBIR.gov Agency Solicitation Schedule
Grid and Listing of Anticipated Agency SBIR/STTR Solicitation Releases/Deadlines. Helpful for submission planning purposes.
SBIR Insider Newsletter
Stay up-to-date on the latest SBIR/STTR Program news and information.
Guide To Agency Registrations (as of 3/1/23)
Agency Registration Guide
Please check and double check your SAM Registration to ensure it is current and not expired. Also – Please be aware that you may receive email solicitations to renew your registration from companies charging a fee to do so.
ALL GOVERNMENT REGISTRATIONS/RENEWALS ARE FREE. Any link provided in an email for renewals AND Charging a FEE – IS A SCAM- PLEASE BE ALERT!
USPTO IP Awareness Assessments
Pre-Assessment: The pre-assessment, containing five questions covering various types of intellectual property (IP), allows a quick determination of potential IPs of the user and provides an option for a customized IP assessment.
Full Assessment: The full assessment, containing ten categories and over sixty questions, is available for assessing awareness about all the aspects of IP.
USPTO also provides valuable guidance on Patent Basics, Trademark Basics, & Copyright Basics.
SBIR Training and Preparation Manuals
DOD SBIR/STTR Learning, Support & Templates
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 template materials for both a Phase I and
Phase II for all branches offering these funding opportunities..
NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Links
- Sample Applications & Summary Statements (R41, R42, R43 & R44)
NCI Sample SBIR/STTR Applications
- Annotated Form Sets
- NIH SBIR FAQs
- The Peer Review Process & Application Tips PPTs
- NIH 2020 SBIR/STTR Funding Webinar
- 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
Small Business Administration
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 all of the SBAs grant funding 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.
Federal Business Opportunities – SAM.gov
FedBizOpps.gov provides a search through over 26,000 federal opportunities for businesses. Find Contract Opportunities (hyperlink updated last 7/5/22) You can search for helpful SAM registration information using their Knowledgebase Search.
You can also check out the following helpful videos on how to Get a Unique Entity ID (UEID) and Entity Registration – Workspace Navigation. Read more about the UEID HERE.
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.
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 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, 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.
Other Entrepreneurial Resources
Participating SBIR Agency Contacts
Contacts For All SBIR-Participating Agencies
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
Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN)
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) DUNS Number
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. (Please note that as of April 2022, DUNS # in SAM.gov is being replaced with the UEID.)
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
- DOD SBIR/STTR HOME PAGE
- Air Force
- NEW – DSIP (Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation Portal) – NEW
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Ballistic Missile Defense Organization
- Doing Business with the DoD
- DoD SBIR Resource Center
- 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)
- NIH ENGAGE & CONNECT – Upcoming and Past NIH Informational Events
- NIH Grant Terminology & Grant Acronym List
- NIH SBIR/STTR FAQs
- NIH SBIR/STTR ListServe Signup
- NIH Technology & Business Assistance (TABA) Information
- National Cancer Institute SBIR
- NIH Center for Scientific Review
- NIH Scientific Review Group (SRG) Roster Index
- NIH eRA Commons
- NIH eRA ASSIST – Tutorials
- NIH RePORTER – Search for NIH-funded Projects
- NIH FOAs & 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