About the Programs

Congress created the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to strengthen the role of small, innovative companies in federally supported research and development (R&D). These highly competitive awards-based programs support scientific excellence and technological innovation across 11 federal agencies.

Federal agencies with extramural research budgets greater than $100 million are required to set aside a certain percentage of their budget to SBIR; those with research budgets greater than $1 billion are also required to set aside a certain portion for STTR.

The current set-aside is 3.2% for SBIR and 0.45% for STTR.

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