WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) PROGRAM

A highly competitive program that encourages American small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

AMERICA’S SEED FUND

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables American small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

WHO SHOULD APPLY

SBIR targets the entrepreneurial sector because that is where most innovation and innovators thrive. Small for-profit U.S. business with 500 or fewer employees and greater than 50% individual U.S. ownership may apply.

PROJECT SOUGHT

SBIR funds the critical startup and development stages (technology readiness level 3) and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy. 

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SBIR PARTICIPATING AGENCIES

Currently, eleven Federal agencies participate in the SBIR program.

AlienTT specializes on:

Department of Health and Human Services

National Science Foundation

THREE-PHASE PROGRAM

The SBIR Program is structured in three phases.

Phase 1

TECHNICAL MERIT, FEASIBILITY & COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL

(6 months)

SBIR Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs

INITIAL R/R&D EFFORT

Determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further federal support in Phase II.

Phase 2

CONTINUE THE R/R&D EFFORTS INITIATED IN PHASE I

(2 years)

SBIR Phase II awards normally do not exceed $1,000,000 total costs

CONTINUED RESEARCH

Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II. Only Phase I awardees are eligible for a Phase II award.

Phase 3

COMMERCIALISATION

Market maturity to market launch

The SBIR program does not fund Phase III.

GO-TO-MARKET

The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D.

Some federal agencies may provide non-SBIR funded R&D or contracts for products, processes or services intended for use by the US government

OUR SERVICES

Phase 0

(financed in kind by Alien TT before the SBIR grant application)

Alien Technology Transfer’s support starts before the submission of the business proposal. Our service provides a set of activities specifically carried out to help you access the SBIR phase 1.

Preliminary project analysis

Preliminary project analysis based on the evaluation of the industrial, economic and social problem to be solved and related business opportunity, exploitation strategy of the business opportunity, expected outcomes by the project (Phase1 and Phase2), progress beyond the state of the art of the technology, impact on US  or global markets, external expertise to carry out phase 1, evaluation of the business model against the expected impact of the SBIR Program, regulatory and standard requirements

Project Proposal writing

Project Proposal writing, for the access to Phase 1

Proposal submission

Phase 1 Project Proposal submission and related administrative activities

Assistance in the preparation of the SBIR Funding Agreement

Assistance in the preparation of the SBIR Funding Agreement with the relevant Federal Agency  for the access to the Phase 1

Support in the Relationship Management

Support in the Relationship Management with the Federal Program Managers

Phase 00

The set of activities carried out by Alien TT to help you access the SBIR phase 00 includes:

In depth analysis

In depth project analysis of all Phase 0 a) items, plus project feasibility assessment, partner search, supply chain building, full development of a “commercialization plan”, SWOT analysis, status and strategy for knowledge protection

Work plan for Phase 2

Full development of the work plan for the Phase2

Project Proposal writing

Project Proposal writing, for the access to Phase 2

Phase 2 Project Proposal submission

Phase 2 Project Proposal submission and related administrative activities

Assistance in preparing the SBIR Funding Agreement

Assistance in the preparation of the SBIR Funding Agreement with the relevant Federal Agency  for the access to the Phase 2

Support in the relationship management

Support in the relationship management with Federal Program Managers