Congress established the SBIR and STTR programs to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy.

What are SBIR and STTR?

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are U.S. Government programs in which federal agencies with large research and development (R&D) budgets set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.

How much money is set aside?

Each Fiscal Year (FY), the 11 participating SBIR and STTR federal agencies set aside the following percentage of their extramural R&D budgets over $100 million. Extramural refers to federal funding that an agency awards to external entities such as universities, national laboratories, and large businesses to address the principal agency mission needs.

FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017
SBIR 2.5% 2.6% 2.7% 2.8% 2.9% 3.0% 3.2%
STTR 0.30% 0.35% 0.35% 0.40% 0.40% 0.45% 0.45%
Combined 2.80% 2.95% 3.05% 3.20% 3.30% 3.45% 3.65%

SBIR/STTR at the Department of Energy is Mission Focused

Each year the Department of Energy (DOE) issues Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) inviting small businesses to apply for SBIR/STTR grants. These FOA’s contain topics in such research areas as:

  • Clean Energy

o Fossil, Nuclear and Renewable Energy (energy production and use in buildings, vehicles, and industry) and Electricity Delivery and Reliability

  • Basic Science and Engineering

o Fundamental Energy Sciences, including materials, life, environmental, and computational sciences, and Fusion Energy, High Energy and Nuclear Physics

Read more at the source: Dept. of Energy, Office of Science

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