| SBIR/STTR Programs
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology
Transfer (STTR) programs can help faculty researchers find funding
opportunities and develop their research into marketable businesses.
Competition for SBIR and STTR funding is relatively low, and the
range of research possibilities is broad. Ten federal agencies (the
Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Education,
Health and Human Services, Transportation, and the EPA, NASA, and
NSF) are required to set aside a portion of their research and development
budget exclusively for SBIR/STTR contracts. These programs were
authorized by congress and are awarded to small business to fund
research and development projects in cooperation with research institutions.
Proposals having the greatest potential for commercialization are
given funding priority.
For more information, including links to various SBIR and STTR
programs, go to
For assistance with finding partners to bid on these opportunities,
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Program Director, SBIR/STTR Assistance Program
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351