SBIR/STTR Presentation

The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are administered by several US Government agencies. These agencies include but are not limited to Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Energy (DoE), and National Science Foundation (NSF). The focus of the SEKE SBIR/ STTR presentation and roundtable discussion is to bring awareness of these programs to the business and academic communities, understand its requirements, and have a discussion about the program and to hear from those who have participated in the program.

As a former grantee and current member of the NSF SBIR Review Panel: Anthony J. Rhem, Ph.D. will conduct a presentation on behalf of the NSF on their SBIR/STTR programs.

About the NSF SBIR/STTR Program:

The National Science Foundation (NSF), an independent agency of the Federal Government, invites (by solicitation) eligible small business concerns to participate in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. NSF will support high-quality projects on important scientific, engineering, or science/engineering education problems and opportunities that could lead to significant commercial and public benefit, if the research is successful.

The significant difference between the SBIR and STTR programs is that the STTR requires researchers at universities and other research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. By joining forces with a small company, university researchers can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain employed primarily at the research institution.

The primary objective of the NSF SBIR/STTR Programs is to increase the incentive and opportunity for small firms to undertake cutting-edge, high-risk, high-quality scientific, engineering, or science/engineering education research that would have a high-potential economic payoff if the research is successful. The STTR program further expands the public/private partnership to include joint venture opportunities for small businesses and non-profit research institutions.