Accessing Federal SBIR/STTR Funding for Your Technology/R&D Business
What is SBIR/STTR?
The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide well over $2 billion of non-dilutive capital every year to small businesses developing high risk, high return technology-based products. The money is targeted specifically to fund R&D activities to reduce the technical risk, thereby helping to facilitate access to follow-on funding.
To bring technology from ideas to commercialization, both programs utilize a three phase approach:
How Can the SBDC Help You?
The Delaware SBDC wants to see more SBIR wins, so we’ve developed this program to help you. The program is designed to provide qualified entrepreneurs and early-stage research and development companies with:
- Accessing post-award resources for continued funding and grant management
- Establishing liaisons with researchers and technology transfer personnel at research institutions
- Locating space and equipment
- Helping partner with a prime contractor
- Helping partner with a professor or business mentor
- Information-sharing and networking events
- Publication of a quarterly Delaware SBIResource electronic newsletter
Special Program Features
- Single point of contact for proposal submission applicants
- Customized agency research & focused submission advice for applicants
- Customized tailored writing assistance for applicants
- Proposal development & advisory services to develop a comprehensive winning submission
- HHS/NIH: Solicitations: Next due date will be September 5. Check out the NIH SBIR/STTR Fact Sheet.
- NSF: Did you know that 90% of NSF funds are awarded to entities that are new to government grants? NSF Program Chair Prakash Balan shared that with the audience at the National SBIR conference this June.
- DOD: Solicitation 16.3 and 16.C will Pre-Release on August 26, 2016
- USDA SBIR program brochure
- NASA: Solicitations will open in November. NASA’s SBIR website
- DOE: FY2017 Phase I, Release I: July 18th. Interested in the DoE Phase 0 Program?
- Check out other upcoming agency solicitations
Events in 2016
- January 14: Attracting Technology Investors webinar.
- February 24: Crafting a Winning SBIR Proposal webinar.
- March 31: National Science Foundation SBIR rep Dr. Ruth Shuman coming to present at Delaware Biotechnology Institute.
- May 3: SBIR 101 at Delaware State University.
- May 3-4: SBIR Proposal Preparation Essentials for USDA/DOE/DOD.
- June 8: SBIR 101 at Delaware Biotechnology Institute.
- June 8-9: SBIR Proposal Preparation Essentials for NIH.
- Guide to starting a Delaware LLC
- Required registrations for SBIR applicants
- Sample SBIR/STTR Applications (redacted) (NIH)
- NIH Annotated SF424 Form Set
- How Do You Measure Up? Biosketches Tell The Story (BBC ETC Article)
- Sample DoD Phase I and II proposals
- Phase II supplements for NSF (including supplements for including teachers, high school, and/or undergrads)
- NIH’s NIGMS Research Supplement (As part of an NIH-wide program, principal investigators holding NIGMS research grants may request supplemental funds to improve the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research.)
- Search past SBIR awards(sort-able by state, agency, year, etc.)
- Bizfiling’s Guide to Incorporating designed to illustrate the different entity types you might consider as you form your business.
- Employee Handbook Template from the Society for Human Resource Management.
- USPTO Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment
- Defense Contract Audit Agency Checklists and Tools
- White Paper: Understanding the Strings Attached to Your Grant Award
Other Sources of Funding and Training
- Delaware CAT Grant: The Bioscience CAT’s mission is to support and grow Delaware’s economy and bioscience community by fostering innovative applied research collaborations between Delaware businesses and academic institutions.
- Delaware SBIR Bridge Grant: A grant program designed to assist SBIR Phase II applicants bridge the funding gap between Phase I and Phase II awards.
- National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) Sites Program: provides specialized training and mini grants of $3,000 to teams interested in exploring the commercial viability of their ideas for products and businesses that are based on their own inventions, University intellectual property, or any STEM-related technology.
- First State Innovation: FSI helps technology-based and early stage businesses find traditional seed capital, alternative funding, skilled human capital, commercialization assistance, intellectual capital, and other entrepreneurial resources.
- SBA’s InnovateHer Program: The Innovating for Women Business Challenge is a nationwide business competition to highlight innovative products and services created and launched by cutting-edge entrepreneurs who will have the opportunity to compete for the top three awards totaling $70,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft.
- Horn Program in Entrepreneurship’s Hen Hatch Startup Funding Competition: Hen Hatch is the University of Delaware’s premier startup funding competition. It provides entrepreneurial students, alumni, faculty, and staff with the opportunity to make connections and collect feedback on their ideas while competing for startup cash and prizes totaling $100,000.
- USAID Development Innovation Ventures early stage financing. Awards from $25,000 (Stage 1) to $15,000,000 (Stage 3).
- Challenge.gov: Challenge.gov is a listing of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 80 agencies across federal government. These include technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions where the U.S. government seeks innovative solutions from the public, bringing the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems
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