MNSBIR assists seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms (1-500 employees) to strategically access non-dilutive federal funding through the annual $2.5B Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.  SBIR/STTR funding supports early stage technology that has the potential for commercialization  across the spectrum of science, technology and engineering.

MNSBIR provides  mentoring,​ training, financial and technical assistance for small, advanced technology businesses by helping them navigate ​these ​Programs. MNSBIR assists qualifying science and technology-driven small businesses with the following:

  • small business research and development assistance,
  • technology transfer from universities to small businesses,
  • proposal development and mentoring for small businesses applying for SBIR/STTR funding; and,
  • commercializing technology developed through SBIR/STTR grants or contracts.

MNSBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA.  ​