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Important Upcoming Dates and Deadlines:

Dept. of Energy SBIR/STTR R1 - Proposals due October 19, 2015, companies may not submit a proposal if a Letter of Intent was not submitted by September 8, 2015

National Science Foundation SBIR - Proposals due December 8, 2015 - see notice below

National Science Foundation STTR - Proposals due December 11, 2015 - see notice below

Department of Transportation 16.1 - Proposals due December 16, 2015

National Institutes of Health - Proposals  due January 5, 2016 and April 5, 2016

Department of Commerce - NOAA - Proposals due January 14, 2016

Upcoming Releases:

EPA - Solicitation release November 2015

Department of Education - Solicitation release December 2015

NASA SBIR/STTR - Solicitation release November 12, 2015 with proposals due February 1, 2016

Department of Energy - Topic release November 2, 2015, Funding Announcement release November 30, 2015, Letter of Intent due December 21, 2015 and proposals due February 2, 2016. Note: DOE is offering a no-cost Phase 0 Support Program for Phase I

Department of Defense - SBIR/STTR 2016.1/A - Solicitation release December 11, 2015 with proposals due February 17, 2016 


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



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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