SBIR and STTR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). These competitive funding programs provide small businesses, including faculty startups, with opportunities to propose innovative R&D projects that meet specific federal needs.
Kris Johansen, PhD, is the SBIR/STTR Program Administrator for the State of Iowa. Together with staff at the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Iowa State University, she is available to connect small businesses from across the state of Iowa with researchers at Iowa's research institutions. They also assist in drafting and and reviewing applicantions for technical, financial and business content.
- Federal SBIR/STTR program websites
- Key SBIR/STTR Brainstorming Questions
- Proposal Preparation Hints
- State of Iowa Resources for SBIR/STTR
- SBIR/STTR Newsletters
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SBIR/STTR
The SBIR and STTR programs are Congressionally-mandated set-aside programs for domestic small business concerns to engage in Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The SBIR Program includes the following objectives: using small businesses to stimulate technological innovation, strengthening the role of small business in meeting Federal R/R&D needs, increasing private sector commercialization of innovations developed through Federal SBIR R&D, increasing small business participation in Federal R/R&D, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned business concerns in the SBIR program. The STTR and SBIR programs are similar in that both programs seek to increase the participation of small businesses in Federal R&D and to increase private sector commercialization of technology developed through Federal R&D. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business concern applicant organization to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
2. What are the differences between the SBIR and STTR programs?