Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programs – An Introduction

  • The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 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.
  • University technology and university involvement increase your odds of being successful (30% or greater)
  • University support of grant process
  • Large companies seek startups based on university technologies and prefer the startups over working directly with the university – it’s validation
  • SBIR programs are a source of revenue, support, and development – a grant, not a loan or VC
  • SBIR associated programs, such as iCorps, used to help in development of opportunities
  • Universities are eager to help with their own networks and ecosystems
  • Opportunity to advance multiple technologies in a single area
  • Access to university professors and graduate students
  • University Startups looking for business support
  • “Hi, I am a startup working with a USC / CalTech technology …”

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