Federal SBIR/STTR awards are an important source of ufnding for startup and small businesses. They stimulate early-stage business development out of university and industry technologies.

Check our Events page for upcoming SBIR/STTR events at Cornell.

About SBIR and STTR Grants:

SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) is a federal government program administered by 12 federal agencies for the purpose of helping to provide early-stage Research and Development funding to small technology companies (or individual entrepreneurs who form a company). Solicitations are released periodically from each of the agencies and present technical topics of R&D which the agency is interested in funding. Companies are invited to compete for funding by submitting proposals answering the technical topic needs of the agency's solicitation. Each of these 12 agencies have various needs and flavors of the SBIR program and you can learn more about them by visiting their sites.

STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) is a smaller scale federal goverment program similar to SBIR. This program is administered by only 6 federal agencies for the same purpose. The major difference is that the small business is required to work with a not-for-profit research institution or national laboratory on the proposed project.

SBIR & STTR Resources

We can refer you to proposal preparation assistants. Contact us for further information on how to connect with professional grant writers and regional SBIR / STTR specialists. A comprehensive site on the SBIR/STTR programs, conferences and events, solicitations, agency links, state resources, and past awards.

Overview of the SBIR/STTR process: NYS SBIR/STTR Guidebook

Small Business Administration's Office of Technology: Links to current solicitations, all participating federal agencies, and a very thorough history of the SBIR & STTR programs.

Tips for writing an SBIR grant proposals: SBIR_proposal_writing_articles

SBIR Gateway: SBIR/STTR news, open solicitations, closed solicitations, and past awards by agency, and federal lab R&D services.

SBIR/STTR Proposals: Sucessful Strategies for Startups with University-Generated Technologies (Kirk Macolini, Centurion Technology)

Innovation Acceleration: Finding and Funding Resources, SBIR/STTR and Business Development (Marcene Sonneborn, Regional Innovation and SBIR Specialist)