Small Business Innovative Research Grant Program


SBIR encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Since its enactment in 1982, SBIR has helped thousands of small businesses to compete for federal research and development awards.


The risk and expense of conducting serious R&D efforts are often beyond the means of many small businesses. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger businesses. SBIR funds the critical startup and development stages and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service.


Following submission of proposals, agencies make SBIR awards based on small business qualification, degree of innovation, technical merit, and future market potential. Small businesses that receive awards then begin a three-phase program. Phase I is the startup phase. Awards of up to $100,000 for approximately 6 months support exploration of the technical merit or feasibility of an idea or technology. Phase II awards of up to $850,000 for as many as 2 years and expands Phase I results. During this time, the R&D work is performed and the developer evaluates commercialization potential. Phase III is the commercialization period. 65% of FY07 awards went to companies with fewer than 50 employees.


Attend Seminar on the SBIR Grant Program.



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