State Resources

Many US states offer resources to companies to assist with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and/or to supplement SBIR/STTR funding:

Arkansas: The Division of Science & Technology provides limited financial support for the transfer and deployment of innovative technology. It will fund up to $3,750 of costs associated with transferring new or existing technology from a qualified applicant – such as a public or private enterprise, laboratory, college or university – to an enterprise based in Arkansas.

Connecticut: Connecticut Innovations offers free technical consultations to help you improve your chances of winning a federal SBIR/STTR grant. Our goal is to provide you with the experienced support you need to navigate through the complex phases of the federal program. Support includes conference fee reimbursements, proposal accounting support, application reviews and strategy sessions.

Delaware: Delaware EPSCoR sometimes provides direct funding opportunities for researchers working on projects related to our mission. These include fee waivers for the use of core scientific instrumentation centers and small seed grants for work designed to set the stage for larger federal funding programs.

Florida: The Matching Grants Research Program is open to companies located inside a 23-county region. Interested industry partners should initiate contact through a designated university contact.

Hawaii: The grant provides up to $3,000 to companies submitting a competitive Phase I SBIR application. This program is open to Hawaii companies who have submitted fewer than three SBIR applications and demonstrate financial need. HTDC Innovate Hawaii provides a matching funding to Hawaii’s SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) qualified awardees. Phase I: up to 50% of the Federal Phase I award; Phase II: up to $500,000; Phase III: up to $500,000

Indiana: In Indiana, Elevate Ventures matches 50 percent of up to three SBIR/STTR grants ($150,000 maximum match) per recipient.

Iowa: The Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Outreach Program has three components: (1) free 1 hour reviews of potential Phase I SBIR Ideas; (2) 100% paid for professional proposal assistance from an Innovation Corporation approved third party vendor for SBIR/STTR Phase I and II applications; (3) Financial Assistance of up to $25,000 commitment to match on Phase I awards.

Kentucky: Phase 0 and Phase 00 funding are for the development of Kentucky-based Federal Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR proposals. The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program provides matching funds up to $150,000 for Phase I and up to $500,000 for Phase II.

Maine: MTI offers a robust assistance program to companies interested in developing a strong competitive proposal to the NSF or other federal agencies that participate in the SBIR/STTR program. Opportunities include a $5,000 Phase 0 KickStarter grant and a Technical Assistance Program to guide you through the development process. The MTI grant programs offer multiple options suitable for small businesses.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts companies that have received a Phase II SBIR or STTR are eligible to apply for a Stage I START grant provided the Phase II SBIR/STTR was received within the past four years or alternatively, the company has gained either (i) “meaningful commercial traction” for the technology within the past four years or (ii) the technology otherwise remains commercially viable today. The Cooperative Research Matching Grant Program is designed to promote industry-academic research collaborations, support translational research, and accelerate the commercialization of promising products and services. Not-for-profit academic/research institutions are eligible to apply for grant funding of up to $250,000 per year over two years, provided that they have secured an industry sponsor for the research which will match MLSC funds on at least a 1:1 basis.

Missouri: Pre-seed funding will be awarded to entrepreneurial start-ups for intellectual property development and evaluation, including in-depth analysis of market potential, conducting competitive analysis, establishing proof of concept of a scientific discovery, prototype design and development, and related activities. The amount of requested co-investment should be specifically and narrowly tailored to the plan outlined in the application, but individual awards will not exceed $100,000.

Nebraska: Phase 0 grants will reimburse qualified applicants, up to $5,000 per project, for costs incurred in preparing and submitting a federal Phase 1 proposal to a solicitation from a federal agency. Reimbursable costs include: proposal preparation consulting fees paid to others; typing/word processing services; project related supplies and postage; database search fees for project-related literature search; rental space and/or equipment directly related to the preparation of the federal proposal; and salaries of individuals who were directly involved in preparation of the Phase 1 proposal. Phase 1 and 2 matching grants will match federal SBIR/STTR awards and will not exceed $100,000 or 65% of the federal SBIR/STTR grant, whichever is less.

New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Innovation Research Center (NHIRC) awards $500,000 annually to increase collaboration, technology development and innovation between New Hampshire businesses and universities. Businesses match their project awards to fund research, which often leads to new products and processes. Funding for each project is awarded to the partnering academic institution.

New Jersey: The Bridge Grant Program supports New Jersey’s technology industry by awarding $50,000 grants to entrepreneurs who have both applied for Phase II funding and been identified as potential Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees. Bridge Grants help sustain small businesses through the funding gap between completion of the Phase I grant and initiation of a Phase II award. The Edison Innovation R&D Fund will provide funding to New Jersey technology companies for proof-of-concept research and development activities and ancillary activities necessary to commercialize the identified technology. Award amounts range from $100,000 to $500,000.

North Carolina: The Phase I Matching Funds Program is designed to award matching funds to North Carolina businesses who have been awarded a SBIR or STTR Phase I award.

North Dakota:  Research ND provides matching funds for the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/research university collaborative projects.

Ohio: An award of $8,000 may be made to a faculty member who will collaborate with a small business in the development and submission of an SBIR/STTR proposal.

Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Small Business Research Assistance (SBRA) service is a public-private partnership focused on helping Oklahoma innovators identify and compete for federal research funding. Because SBRA can be tailored to the individual needs of participating companies, the program guides you from the beginning of proposal preparation all the way to commercialization.

Pennsylvania: This program offers a no-cost opportunity to receive valuable feedback from professional reviewers on planned Phase I proposal concepts. Further financial support is offered to those applicants whose proposal concepts are judged to have strong potential for competing successfully in a federal competition. These candidates will be awarded a microgrant from IPart that reimburses one-half of the cost incurred in preparing the proposal itself, up to a maximum of $2,000.

Rhode Island: Innovate Rhode Island Small Business Fund provides grants of up to $3,000 to assist small businesses offset the costs associated with preparing a competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR application. Innovate Rhode Island Small Business Fund provides matching grants of up to $45,000 to encourage recipients of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards and up to $100,000 to recipients of Phase II awards.

Vermont: Vermont EPSCoR provides the opportunity for Vermont small businesses to compete for grants to foster research and development projects which will lead to application to federal SBIR programs. The maximum amount of each grant is $15,000.

Virginia: Companies may submit 2 applications per organization in any combination under the Commercialization and SBIR and STTR Matching Funds Programs. Each application may request a maximum of $50,000.

Washington, DC: The Phase 0 program will provide up to $1,000 of funding to enable small businesses to offset consulting fees supporting proposal development and review.

West Virginia: Applications will only be accepted from West Virginia-based small businesses that have previously received a Phase I SBIR/STTR award. Eligible applicants can request up to $30,000 to defray any reasonable costs incurred in developing a Phase II proposal.

Wisconsin: The Phase 1 award matches up to $75K or 50% of Phase 1 SBIR/STTR award. The Phase 2 award matches up to $75K per year for up to 2 years of Phase 2 SBIR/STTR award.

Wyoming: The Phase 0/00 is a $5,000 contract that can be used for attendance of SBIR conferences and workshops, communication with and travel to targeted federal agencies, consultant and mentor services for preparation of the Phase I/II proposal, proposal preparation and review, communications with potential customers, analyses to support test data preparation, acquisition of test data for inclusion in the Phase I/II proposal and other activities related to the Phase I/II proposal preparation.

Department of Energy Phase 0 Funding: (Available in the following states: AK, DC, GA, HI, IA, ID, IN, KS, LA, ME, MN, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NY, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, WA, WI) Free services – funded by the Department of Energy – are available to eligible small businesses and qualified individuals who commit to form a company should they win a DOE SBIR/STTR award. Eligible parties receive one or more specialized services following an initial assessment by a member of the Dawnbreaker team.