Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

SBIR and STTR are highly competitive programs that encourage small businesses to explore their technological potential and travel a pathway to potentially profitable technology commercialization. The small business submits competitive proposal to the agency that identifies a way to solve the outlined problem for SBIR/STTR award.

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    Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

    SBIR and STTR are highly competitive programs that encourage small businesses to explore their technological potential and travel a pathway to potentially profitable technology commercialization. The small business submits competitive proposal to the agency that identifies a way to solve the outlined problem for SBIR/STTR award. The difference between SBIR the small business can partner with a research institution for up to 30% of the award and STTR mandates that at least 30% and up to 60% of the work must be performed at a research institution. The DOE's current policy permits national laboratories such as Los Alamos to perform work for small business under and SBIR or STTR when the unique capabilities of the Laboratory are requested by the small business, and under the condition that these capabilities are made available to all small businesses requesting them.

    SBIR and STTR program are three-phases:

    • Phase I is for an approximately six-month feasibility study. Awards are up to $150,000.
    • Phase II covers the principal R&D effort. Awards are up to $1,000,000 and cannot exceed two years in duration.

    Phase III is conducted by the small business to pursue commercial applications of the R&D conducted in Phases I and II. Non-SBIR/STTR funds support Phase III.

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