Don’t Miss These Open and Upcoming SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

January 8th, 2018 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative Arkansas entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore open and future federal funding opportunities within the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. Research projects need to align with agency-identified research topics to be considered for funding.

Companies and their project partners typically start in Phase I of the SBIR/STTR program to conduct the research and development necessary to prove viability of their concepts that demonstrate potential to solve agency-identified challenges in new and improved ways.

Phase I awards range between $100,000 and $225,000 depending on agency size and project performance periods are between six months and one year. In Phase II, awardees generally have a two-year project performance timeframe to develop prototypes while addressing any federal regulation requirements, conduct field, clinical or laboratory testing of their products or services, and obtain iterative prototype feedback from potential customers.

Open Funding Opportunities

  1. Dept. of Education (SBIR): Applications due Jan. 25 by 1 p.m.
  2. Dept. of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (SBIR): Applications due Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.
  3. Dept. of Homeland Security (SBIR): Applications due Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.
  4. Dept. of Defense (SBIR/STTR): Applications due Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
  5. Dept. of Energy (SBIR/STTR; Release 2): Applications due Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.
  6. Dept. of Agriculture Phase II (SBIR): Applications due March 8 at 4 p.m.
  7. Dept. of Health and Human Services (SBIR/STTR): Applications due April 5
    Project descriptions/research topics can be found here. The Small Business Administration approved these topics for $225,000 Phase I award caps.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Dept. of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (SBIR): Open date: Jan. 10. Close date: March 30

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (SBIR/STTR): Open date: Jan. 11. Close date: March 9
Don’t miss NASA’s Jan. 17 system training webinar for proposals!

Dept. of Transportation (SBIR): Open date: Jan. 17. Close date. March 20
Potential DoT SBIR topics for this solicitation can be found here.
The DoT SBIR pre-proposal webinar will be Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Register here.

National Science Foundation (SBIR/STTR): Opens: March (date TBD). Closes: June (date TBD).
Check out NSF SBIR/STTR award portfolio for details on recently funded company projects.
Review NSF SBIR/STTR topics and subtopics, which are similar from one funding cycle to the next).
Obtain pre-submission agency feedback (recommended) on your Executive Summary.

Arkansas companies and their project partners are encouraged to contact Rebecca Todd at or 501.683.7700 for assistance exploring these SBIR/STTR opportunities and writing responsive proposals.