Ag: Citrus Harvesting Equipment for Fresh Markets: Vision Systems Development

NSF: Chronic Wound Care

NASA: Cleaning Technology for Spacecraft Habitat

NSF: Ceramics Membranes for Redox Flow Batteries

HHS: Cell Free DNA Detection Array

HHS: Cell Based Models For Prostate Cancer Health Disparity Research

Ag: Catalytic Production of Hydrocarbon from Biomass

NSF: Cardiac Risk Stratification and Rehabilitation

NSF: Cardiac monitoring device for improved firefighter safety

NSF: Clinical genomics to support precision medicine


1: Only companies with fewer than 500 people (including part time and contract workers) can win SBIR

If you have more people consider starting a second business by hiving off your R&D team

2: The company has to be owned by Americans (51% or more of the company must be owned and operated by one or more US citizens).

If you have investors you may need to share your capitalization table to show where ownership lies. For more information on the impact of having investors see our class on the relationship between VC and SBIR

If you are foreign owned consider incorporating an American owned company or teaming with an American company and then have your experts do the work (if you do this you will need to be careful with your IP ownership)

3: The company has to be a for-profit.

If not starting a for profit takes an hour and we have classes on doing it

4: The company has to be located in the US, and the research has to be conducted in the US

5: Are you willing and able to leave your current full-time job (as the PI you can't work on anything else for more than 19.6 hr/wk.)

If you want to go part-time or some alternative work arrangements talk to your boss first


1: Do you have a passion for a topic that no amount of time, money, or effort could alter. Said another way would you go after this research/product development even if you lose the SBIR?

While you can apply without passion and just do it to make some money we have NEVER seen this work. If you are just trying to get paid there are easier ways

2: Does your project require you to solve a problem that has a high degree of technical risk? More on this later but it is critical that there be an element of technical innovation


3: Can you put together a team that can do all the research, reporting, and commercialization necessary to execute the SBIR?

If you can't but do have a great idea you can probably find people to join you


4: Do you have a DEEP expertise within a field and a cutting-edge idea for a new product in that field?

You don't need to have a PHD in a topic to win, but you will need PHD level knowledge of the industry and state-of-the-art in the topic you are applying to

5: Is there a big enough market for your product that you could sustain a business off of it.


NSF: Co-robots to augment humans in the service sector

Commerce: Coastal Current Retrieval and Debris Mapping Sensor System

DOE: CO2 Reduction to Hydrocarbons via Copper Gas-Diffusion Electrocatalysts

NSF: Coatings for Quantum Paints

NSF: Cognitive Health Screening, Monitoring and Rehabilitation

DOD: Cognitive Assessment During Evaluation and Testing

HHS: Collaborative Web-Based Quantitative Imaging and Dosimetry System for Radiopharmaceutical Therapy

NSF: Commercial Dialogue Systems with Fluid Turn-Taking

NSF: Colonizing the Human Gut with Engineered Bacterial Therapeutics

DOE: Combustion Modeling for Direct Fired Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles

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