SBIR 101

What is the SBIR/STTR Program?

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.

SBIR Phase I
Concept Phase awards up to $256,000
R&D Phase awards up to $1,500,000

The SBIR/STTR site offers general information about the history and background of the program, lists Open and Closed Solicitations, and provides a searchable database of all award winners by state.

SBIR/STTR Program Overview Presentation

Why Should I Consider SBIR/STTR Funding?

Dr. Todd Strother answers the questions “Why SBIR” in one of his bi-weekly installments of Tips From Todd.

Top 10 Reasons to Pursue SBIR

There are many reasons to consider tapping America’s Seed Fund to fund your business.
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What is Innovation?

Tips from Todd walks you through what funding agencies define as innovation. Find out if and how your idea fits and could be considered for an SBIR. Evolutionary or Revolutionary? Chance of technical failure? What are federal funding agencies looking for? Find out in Tips from Todd Episode 4, Part 1 and 2!

SBIR Awardee Shares Insights on Integrating Innovation

Watch our quick chat with Rapid Imaging CEO, David Geisler. Rapid Imaging has been successful in navigating the DOD SBIR Program and is going to share tips/tricks and recommendations for other businesses seeking the DOD as a customer.
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Am I Eligible for the SBIR/STTR Program?

SBIR grant applicants have to meet certain criteria for acceptance. Find out what they are from this espisode of Tips from Todd. (What Todd is doing with the feathers?!)

What is Feasibility?

Tips from Todd is back in the woods to tell you about feasibility for SBIR Phase 1, and overall product feasibility. Learn about some tips and tricks to determine feasibility (and finally learn what the feathers were for) in this episode. Contact CTC for help with a Project Pitch!

What is Feasibility?

Will it work? How do I figure out how to show feasibility?
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When Are Application Deadlines?

Use this calendar as a guide to aid you in your funding strategy. You may, and should, consider multiple agencies as potential funding sources. Search all open topics across all agencies here.

What do I do next?

The Center for Technology Commercialization’s is Wisconsin’s no-cost resource to guide you through the complex and exciting journey of bringing your technology from idea to market. The journey includes helping you connect to funding and guidance from experienced business leaders. We are Wisconsin’s guides for the SBIR/STTR Program.


Look over our early stage programs, SBIR Ready and SBIR/STTR Assistance Micro-grants.


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