SBIR/STTR Federal Funding

About SBIR and STTR

The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides more than $2 billion annually to research-capable small businesses. Interested firms apply by responding to requests for proposals, also known as solicitations, from participating federal agencies that set aside part of their research and development (R&D) budgets specifically for the SBIR program.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is SBIR’s sister program that is similar in structure to SBIR but funds cooperative public/private R&D projects involving a small business and a research institution.

SBIR and STTR funds are competitively awarded in three phases in the form of contracts, grants, and/or cooperative agreements by the participating agencies.


Requirements for SBIR Program Applicants

STTR Program Description and Requirements

Phases of SBIR and STTR


Arkansas Award Winners

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

SBIR/STTR Services and Resources from ASBTDC


Call On Us

Are you an Arkansas entrepreneur or researcher interested in pursuing SBIR or STTR funding? We are eager to assist you. Take our self-assessment, then contact our innovation consultant, Rebecca Todd, at or 501.683.7700 to discuss whether SBIR or STTR is a viable source of funds for your research or technology.