Dates & Deadlines
- 5/23/13 - Funding workshop with MTI and The First Come learn about financing options available…
- 5/24/13 - Funding Workshop with MTI and Norway Savings Bank Come learn about financing options available…
- 5/30/13 - Funding Workshop with MTI and Camden National Bank Come learn about financing options available…
- 6/4/13 - TechStart Grant Deadline All applications due by 5pm TechStart Grants…
- 6/20/13 - 2013 New England Regional SBIR/STTR Summer Session Increase your chances of winning an SBIR/STTR…
- 6/26/13 - Internet Marketing: SEO and Beyond for Business Success Presented by Maine International Trade center…
- 7/2/13 - TechStart Grant Deadline All applications due by 5pm TechStart Grants…
- 7/9/13 - Development Loan Deadline All applications due by 5pm. Development…
- 8/20/13 - Seed Grant Deadline Applications Due by 5 p.m. MTI Seed Grants of…
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
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
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
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.
Click here for SBIR/STTR Powerpoint Presentation
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 Beckim, Portfolio Manager at 207-588-1018 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR List of Topics
The National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program is currently accepting proposals from small business that have an idea for a technology, process or product in the following areas:
Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC)
Education Applications (EA)
Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EI)
Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing
Click here for detailed descriptions of each broad topic.
Click here to see a tutorial on how to complete a Phase I SBIR proposal to the National Science Foundation.
Proposals are due June 11, 2013