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.


    Small businesses may request Los Alamos’ involvement when submitting a proposal to the SBIR or STTR programs. By including Los Alamos as a subcontractor (SBIR) or a research institution (STTR), a small business may utilize Los Alamos’ unique expertise and facilities when the requested capabilities are not available in the private sector.

    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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