DoD SBIR/STTR

Highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses

Grant
  • Program Type
    Grant
  • Grant Award
    Contract Value Varies by Opportunity
  • Submission Deadline
    Pre Release - April 20, 22 - Submission Open - May 18, 2022
  • Grant Duration
    Submission Close - June 15, 2022
  • Supplemental Funding Available (Y/N)
    yes
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)
    yes

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

Central to the STTR program is the partnership between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The STTR program requires the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

DoD SBIR/STTR Program

Is your company leading the way in new technologies? Do you have what it takes to solve our military's problems? Visit business.defense.gov to learn more about DoD's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Funding Details

Award Funding Amounts

The SBIR/STTR Statute (15 U.S.C. §638) establishes cap for the maximum dollar amount of SBIR and STTR awards, above which an agency must request a SBA-approved waiver. SBA shall adjust the maximum dollar amount every year for inflation. The adjusted cap is effective for all solicitations and corresponding topics issued on or after the date of the adjustment. Agencies may amend their solicitation and other program literature accordingly. Agencies have the discretion to issue awards for less than maximum dollar amount. For more information regarding a specific agency's award guidelines, please visit their solicitation and website. Agencies may exceed this cap for a specific topic with approval from SBA prior to the release of the solicitation, award, or modification to the award for a topic issued on or after the date of adjustment.

As of November 2021, agencies may issue a Phase I award (including modifications) up to $275,766 and a Phase II award (including modifications) up to $1,838,436 without seeking SBA approval. Any award above those levels will require a waiver. Agencies considering this authority should review SBIR/STTR Policy Directive §7(i)(4) for additional information.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

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