Many US states offer resources to companies to assist with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and/or to supplement SBIR/STTR funding:
Alabama: The Alabama Launchpad SBIR/STTR Assistance Program provides funding support to prepare preliminary data for proposal submissions or to ensure grant accounting compliance for Phase I or II awarded to Alabama small business.
Arkansas: The Arkansas Small Business Innovation Research Matching Grant Program matches up to 50% of Phase I (up to $50,000) and Phase II (up to $100,000) SBIR grants.
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.
Hawaii: The Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research (HSBIR) Program provides matching assistance in Phase 0 (up to $3,000 for grant writing services), Phase I grants (up to 50% of the Federal Phase 1 award), and Phase II grants (up to $500,000).
Indiana: In Indiana, Elevate Ventures matches 50% of up to three SBIR/STTR grants ($150,000 maximum match) per recipient.
Iowa: Iowa offers a Matching Financial Assistance program which provides matching services of 50% of Federal Phase I awards (up to $50,000).
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.
Louisiana: The Louisiana Technology Transfer Office offers a Phase Zero program (up to $2,000) to cover reasonable costs incurred in developing an SBIR or STTR Phase I or II proposal. The Louisiana Economic Development provides Research and Development Tax Credit to encourage existing businesses with operating facilities in Louisiana to establish or continue research and development activities within the state (up to a 30% tax credit on qualified research expenditures incurred in Louisiana — with no cap and no minimum requirement; SBIR/STTR funds are considered as qualified research expenditures).
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.
Michigan: The MI Emerging Technologies Fund offers matching services of 25% of Federal Phase I and II awards (up to $25,000 and $125,000 respectively). Since 2008, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has dedicated $11 million to match federal SBIR/STTR funding opportunities for exceptional research and technical innovation generated in Michigan.
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: The Missouri TechLaunch and Missouri Technology Incentive Program (MoTIP) offers matching of awards up to $100,000 as well as Phase I and II bridge loans of up to $50,000.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Federal and State Technology (MS-FAST) Partnership Program, established in 2001 to assist Mississippi’s small high-tech firms to better compete in the SBIR and STTR programs operates through the University of Southern Mississippi.
Montana: The Montana SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program offers Phase I matching up to $60,000 per year given on a “first come-first serve” basis until funds are exhausted. Match awards are made in two stages. Stage 1: 50% of the total match award will be disbursed upon approval of the Stage 1 application. Stage 2: The remaining 50% of the total match award will be made in two disbursements. 2/3 upon approval of the Stage 2 application, and 1/3 upon approval of the Stage 2 final report.
Nebraska: Phase 0 grants will reimburse qualified applicants, up to $5,000 per project, for costs incurred in preparing and submitting a federal Phase I 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 I proposal. Phase I and II 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 York: The Matching Grants Leverage Program offers $100,000-$500,000 awards per company, for a maximum term of 5 years. Proposals are reviewed by state-level committee; criteria include: Economic impact, technology focus, other NYSTAR awards the firm received, credentials of key personnel, industry partners, and reasonableness of budget.
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.
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.
Oregon: Oregon’s SBIR/STTR Grant Support Program matches Phase I (up to $50,000) and Phase II (up to $100,000). In exceptional cases in which a very strong argument can be given, Phase II or fast-track can be awarded up to $150,000.
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.
South Carolina: The SCRA SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Grant Program will match federal awards 1-to-1 up to $50,000 with potential for Phase II matching.
Tennessee: The SBIR/STTR Matching Fund and Microgrant Program is based on the following matching protocol.
Phase I: $0.50 per $1 of SBIR/STTR funding for companies with principal businesses in Tier 1 and 2 counties; $0.60 per $1 SBIR/STTR funding for companies with principal businesses in Tier 3 and 4 counties, female-owned companies, minority-owned companies, veteran-owned companies, and companies owned by those with disabilities. Phase II: $0.25 per $1 SBIR/STTR funding for all companies. Microgrant Program: up to $4,000 for Phase I and up to $6,000 for Phase II/Fast-Track assistance.
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.