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Click here to view PowerPoint slides from the SBIR/STTR Overview presentation given by Karen West.
Click here to view the presentation in PDF format.


Topics for the FY16 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement have been issued and are available on their website:

The following DOE program offices are participating in this solicitation:

  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research
  • Office of Basic Energy Sciences
  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research
  • Office of Nuclear Physics

Important Upcoming Dates:

Topics Released:  July 20, 2015

Funding Opportunity Announcement Issued:  Monday, August 17, 2015

Letter of Intent Due:  Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Application Due:  Monday, October 19, 2015

Award Notification:  Early January 2016*

Projected Grant Start Date:  Monday, February 22, 2016

*Date Subject to Change

Upcoming Releases:

Department of Defense STTR 2015.B - solicitation release April 24, 2015 with proposals due February 24, 2016
Department of Homeland Security S&T Directorate - estimated release April 2015
US Department of Agriculture - estimated release June 2015

If you need more information or would like to find out how to submit a proposal, contact Karen West 207-845-2934, 


The 2015 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) SBIR Solicitation is out!

NOAA has released its 2015 SBIR Phase I solicitation and proposals are due January 14, 2015.
To read the solicitation and topics of interest, click here.

If you find a topic that fits your technology, please call/email Karen West at 207-845-2934,

MTI is here to help companies submit competitive proposals!  MTI also offers a Phase 0 KickStart grant to help defray the costs of writing an SBIR/STTR proposal and also free technical assistance to guide you through the proposal development process. For more information, see below and also contact Karen West at 207-845-2934, or by email, 


Federal SBIR/STTR Funds
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs represent the largest source of early-stage, high-risk technology financing in the United States. Eleven federal agencies participate in this program to provide over $2 billion for early stage research and development projects leading to commercialization of resulting products or services. The programs are designed to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses -- while increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. economy -- by funding the development of innovative products and services.  For qualifications for funding, click here.

SBIR/STTR Three-Phase Program

Phase I
Determines feasibility. Agencies award grants up to $150,000 for a six month SBIR project and one-year STTR project that explores the technical merit of an idea or technology. Applicants must submit a 25-page proposal in response to a specific agency topic. The proposal must articulate objectives, significance of the innovation, scope of work, and applicant qualifications.  Recommended Timeline for Phase I Proposal Writing Process 
Phase II
Develops a Prototype. Agencies award grants up to $1,000,000 for a two-year project that builds on the results of Phase I. The project features research and development and an evaluation of commercialization potential. Only Phase I awardees are considered for Phase II for which applicants must submit up to 50-page proposal. Recommended Timeline for Phase II Proposal Writing Process


Phase III

Transfers innovation from the workbench to the marketplace. No SBIR/STTR funds support this phase, so an entrepreneur must pursue capital from the private sector or funding from other non-SBIR/STTR federal programs.

MTI offers KickStarter grants to help applicants submit competitive proposals grants in support of Phase I or Phase II activities.   

Click here for SBIR/STTR Powerpoint Presentation


MTI Technical Assistance Program

The MTI has developed an SBIR/STTR Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to encourage entrepreneurs and small business to participate in the federal SBIR/STTR Program. Companies may receive pro-bono guidance and advice from the TAP team separate from, and in addition to the MTI SBIR/STTR funding programs.  For more information contact Shane at 588-1018 or at

Business Accelerator Grants

The MTI Business Accelerator Grant is available to companies that have recently been chosen for a Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I or Phase II grant. More information about the Business Accelerator Grant can be found here.  

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