Federal Funding Assistance

The federal government provides over $3.7 billion in annual funding for small businesses to conduct research and development of innovative technology leading to the commercialization of new products, processes and services. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program helped develop large companies such as 23andMe, Biogen, iRobot and Qualcomm. In Maine, the program has supported startups such as VitaminSea, Montalvo, Eldertide and RockStep Solutions in becoming the successful businesses they are today.

As Maine’s official SBIR/STTR support organization, MTI has an experienced team dedicated to helping your small business leverage this federal program to innovate and grow your business.

small businesses awarded

Over 114 small businesses have won 397 awards

Maine's small businesses have received over $115M since 1997

Maine’s small businesses have received over $115M since 1997

With MTI support, companies tend to have a higher success rate!

Businesses in all 16 Maine counties have received awards

Curious about the SBIR/STTR program and if it’s a fit for your small business?


Workshops & Resources

Workshops & Resources

MTI and our partners host and contribute to dozens of SBIR/STTR related workshops each year. These are great opportunities to learn from experts about this program and oftentimes interact with program managers at one of the eleven federal agencies participating in the SBIR/STTR program. For those unable to make it to these events, we have a collection of webinars, videos and e-books to help you learn more.

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Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

MTI helps companies develop strong, competitive proposals for federal agencies with research and development funding programs — all at no cost.

MTI’s TAP team can educate you on the nuances of the SBIR/STTR program, provide guidance and strategies for writing your proposal, as well as offer critical technical editing and reviews of your proposal.

The TAP program also provides government accounting assistance in preparing an overhead rate, budget and justification. Other services include commercialization plan development, market researchers and a biotech consultant. These services will ensure your proposal meets established technical and commercial review criteria.

Interested in MTI helping your small business secure federal funding?

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Proposal Assistance Funding

Proposal Assistance Funding

In addition to providing free assistance through TAP, MTI offers funding for businesses applying for SBIR/STTR awards. These funding opportunities — which follow the same funding process as our other investments — are designed to help increase the competitiveness of your proposal. MTI offers up to $5,000 to Phase I applicants for grant writing or subject matter expert support and up to $15,000 to Phase II applicants to accelerate business maturity and development.

Looking for funding to support your Phase I or II SBIR/STTR proposal? 

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Open & Upcoming Solicitations

Open & Upcoming Solicitations

Each participating agency has a different schedule for releasing their solicitation. Some agencies issue multiple solicitations and others have just one per year. Visit the SBIR’s official website to see current and upcoming solicitations. You can also subscribe to our eNewsletter in the footer at the bottom of this page to receive updates and announcements on upcoming solicitations.


Latest SBIR News Items

News and Updates

Read about the latest awards, successes and updates on the SBIR/STTR programs

Startup bluShift Aerospace launches its 1st commercial biofuel rocket from Maine

(From Space.com) The world’s first commercial booster powered by biofuel was launched from Maine. The Brunswick-based startup, bluShift Aerospace launched its first rocket prototype, called Stardust 1.0, despite freezing temperatures and two false starts. In addition to team members investing their own money into the project, the company received funding from MTI and NASA. Read more »

SBA Announces Recipients of Tibbetts Awards for Demonstrating Significant Economic and Social Impact from R&D Funding

(From sbir.gov) Portland-based RockStep Solutions is one of the recipients of the 2020 Tibbetts Awards for exceptional successes achieved through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. MTI helped them apply for SBIR funding, provided matching funding for their SBIR grants, and nominated the company for the prestigious award. Read more »

Briana Warner, Atlantic Sea Farms, Wins 2021 Leadership Award for Business Leadership

(From Specialty Food Association) CEO, Briana Warner rebranded Ocean Approved, Inc. as Atlantic Sea Farms and was the first commercially viable business to introduce domestic, fresh seaweed products to the marketplace. The Saco-based company fosters an underwater, regenerative crop that reduces the acidity of local waters and absorbs significant amounts of carbon. Ocean Approved, Inc. received SBIR support from the MTI TAP team. Read more »

$2.2M in USDA funds awarded to help grow 11 Maine small businesses

(From Mainebiz) Eleven Maine agribusinesses and farms will receive a total of $2.2 million in federal funding to help them grow their capacities and expand into new markets. The Value-Added Producer Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program will help the businesses enter into value-added activities related to processing and marketing of new agricultural products. Read more »

After winning $225K grant, Orono startup moves ahead with ocean-friendly drink lid

(From Mainebiz) Paramount Planet Product was awarded a $225,000 National Science Foundation grant through the SBA’s Small Business Technology Transfer program. MTI’s technical assistance team, led by Karen West, helped with everything from choosing the right funding to completing the application. The startup aims to cut ocean pollution with low-cost, recyclable plant-based drink lids as an alternative to plastic. Read more »