Many US states offer resources to companies to assist with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and/or to supplement SBIR/STTR funding:
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: The Delaware Small Business Development Center provides SBIR networking events, assistance accessing post-award resources for grant management, establishing liaisons with researchers and technology transfer personnel, locating space, equipment, and talent, helping partner with a prime contractor, professor, or business mentor.
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 Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research (HSBIR) Program provides matching assistance in Phase 0 (up to $3,000 for grant writing services) and Phase I grants (up to 50% of the Federal Phase 1 award).
Indiana: In Indiana, Elevate Ventures matches $.50 toward every federal dollar awarded, for up to $50,000 in Indiana match per federal award. Any given company, including subsidiaries, has a lifetime maximum of $150,000 in total Indiana match.
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 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 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.
Minnesota: Launch Minnesota is a new statewide collaborative effort to accelerate the growth of startups and amplify Minnesota as a national leader in innovation. The resources focus on innovative scalable startups. The SBIR-STTR Phase 2 Grant provides funding to Federal SBIR/STTR first time Phase 2 awardees who were notified/approved after July 1, 2019. Qualifying businesses receive grants based on sliding scale of their Federal award up to $50,000. Applicants may receive up to one grant per biennium (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021).
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, with $20,000 – $125,000 per grant contributed by the NHIRC. There is a 1:1: match requirement from the applying company, this can be either in cash or in-kind.
New York: The Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) encompasses several programs that can assist your company from start-up to maturity. NYSTAR currently organizes two innovation assistance grant mechanisms that are available to small manufacturers, early-stage companies, and non-profit organizations, the Defense Industry Assistance initiative, and the New York Smart Cities Innovation Partnership.
North Carolina: The Phase I Matching Funds Program is designed to award matching funds to North Carolina businesses who have been awarded an SBIR or STTR Phase I award. The maximum matching amount is up to 100% of the Federal Phase I SBIR/STTR award, not to exceed $100,000.
North Dakota: Research ND provides matching funds for the development and commercialization of products and processes through industry/research university collaborative projects. Up to $300,000 in matching is available for qualifying 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. Because the SBIR/STTR programs are very competitive, Business Oregon also provides Phase 0 and 00 grants to help businesses prepare better applications to give companies a better chance to receive federal funding. Phase 0/00 grants can be for up to $5,000.
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. The MicroVoucher reimburses one-half of the cost in preparing the Phase I SBIR/STTR itself, up to a maximum of $3,000, whichever is less. Phase II proposal candidates can use the Federal Marketing Assistance Awards to defray proposal prep admin costs or reports to enhance the commercialization section, up to $5,000 or half of the total proposal preparation cost, whichever is less.
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. No individual company can receive matching funding totaling more than $150,000. 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: Virginia assists qualified organizations in commercializing research or technologies with high potential for economic benefit to Virginia and/or leveraging federal and private funds designated for commercialization. Companies may submit up to four LOIs/applications for up to $150,000 each and receive up to four awards. A Principal Investigator may submit one application and receive one award, as part of an organization’s total submissions. A one-to-one match is required.
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: The West Virginia Small Business Development Center launched the West Virginia Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Fund. The program offers a Phase Zero Grant of up to $2,500 to help offset a portion of the cost of preparing a competitive Phase I proposal. And, for those successful in winning an award, the program offers a Phase I Matching Award of up to $100,000, and a Phase II Matching Award of up to $200,000.
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.