Getting to Know The SBIR/STTR Programs: 11 Agencies; One Playlist

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Created on December 10, 2014

Each year, the 11 federal agencies that provide funding via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs hit the road for a National Conference. The goal? To get the word out about the programs and to meet the entrepreneurs who are driving U.S. innovation.

Hats off to Texas in their starring role as host of the recent National SBIR/STTR Conference in Austin, which was a great success. Startups and other small businesses in Texas and nationwide are learning more every day about the programs—and they’re liking what they see. After all, the programs are the nation's largest source of early stage, high-risk R&D funding for small business.

Take a peek at our newly released SBIR YouTube Playlist #2 with videos from this summer’s National SBIR/STTR Conference. (See SBIR YouTube Playlist #1 “SBIR Games for Learning”, here). Because the SBIR/STTR program is implemented at 11 different federal agencies, an important question to answer is “which agency is right for your company?” This playlist is a one-stop shop to learn about all 11 agencies. As is cautioned in the video “SBIR101: Applying for the Funding”, don’t automatically focus on the agencies with the biggest budgets. Instead, find the agency or agencies with the right technology match and funding vehicle (grants vs. contracts) for your company.

About Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)

Across the 11 federal agencies that participate, the shared goal of the SBIR/STTR programs is to invest in R&D projects that stimulate technological innovation, address national needs, and strengthen small businesses and the economy through commercialization. Combined, the agencies award approximately $2.5 billion annually in grants and contracts. The programs are coordinated by the Small Business Administration. You can explore SBIR/STTR more and find additional resources at