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SBIR and STTR Grants Resource Guide

SBIR Grants Resource Guide

SBIR grants program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

These case studies - focused on a successfully funded university spin-off and academic collaboration - can provide you with a feel for what types of projects are funded through SBIR.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) resource guide serves as a practical reference for beginners and a quick reference for more experienced program participants.

All resources are up-to-date as of March 2015. Please note that external links may change. Please refer to the referring agency or search for a specific resource online if you find that the links provided are out-of-date. We will do our best to maintain a current list for your reference.

You may also download a Copy of SBIR/STTR Resources in a matrix format for your use.

The Kansas SBDC network will help you identify the resources most relevant to your project and help you move forward. Download and complete a short SBIR/STTR Assessment for your business. Contact any of our locations to schedule an appointment for no-cost consulting.

SBIR grants (and STTR grants) general information

Agencies that participate in SBIR

Agencies that participate in STTR


​Bayh-Dole Act (37 CFR 401) is an important piece of legislation in the field of intellectual property in the United States. The act allows a university, small business, or non-profit institution to pursue ownership of an invention before the government.

Professional Associations

  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) - AUTM Members are people involved in all aspects of protecting, licensing and managing academic intellectual property.

  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) - LES is a welcoming business community that empowers, connects, and celebrates IP professionals through education, best practices, networking, participation, and mentoring.

  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.

  • VentureWell - Supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education to create experiential learning opportunities for students and successful, socially beneficial innovations and businesses.

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