Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides 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.
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for 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.
The new SBIR.gov  will help small businesses that are part of or may become part of the SBIR or STTR programs.
SBIR.gov  is designed to help small businesses connect with agencies as part of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR).
It is a “one-stop-shop” if you are a small business interested in responding to an agencies solicitation for innovative research and development. Agencies and prime contractors looking for eligible small businesses may also find the site useful.
The new SBIR.gov features a single database of all awards and solicitations. You can now search solicitations and awards across all 11 participating agencies. In addition to locating everything in one place, the new database allows you to filter awards and solicitations by multiple criteria, including agency, year, phase, program, state, and company.