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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.

Agencies now accepting SBIR/STTR proposals:

Department of Defense: DoD has pre-released its topics for both the SBIR and STTR program under their 2015.1 solicitation. Each department has a number of topics of interest: SBIR solicitation with offerings from the Air Force (158 topics), Army (86 topics), Navy (80 topics), DARPA (6 topics), DHP (16 topics) and SOCOM (7 topics). Concurrently the DoD issued their prerelease of the 15.A STTR with topics from Air Force (30), Army (18), and Navy (23).

Proposals are due February 4, 2015

Department of Homeland Security – Proposals due January 21, 2015. To review the solicitation and topics go to FedBizOpps here.

Department of Education – Proposals due January 15, 2015.

For more information: The official announcements are on FedBizOpps here.

NASA – Proposals due January 28, 2015 web site at to review their solicitation and topics of interest.

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


The Department of Energy has released its SBIR/STTR solicitation:

Schedule for submission:

Topics Issued:  Monday, October 27, 2014
Solicitation Released: Monday, November 24, 2014
Letter of Intent due: Monday, December 15, 2014
Proposals Due: February 3, 2015

To review the SBIR/STTR topics click here: Phase I Release 2 topics

To review the solicitation after November 24, go to:

If you find a topic of interest that fits your technology, please contact Karen West at (207) 845-2934 or email at  



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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