The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, also known as America’s Seed Fund, are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.

MNSBIR Logo

The Minnesota SBIR/STTR Assistance Office (MNSBIR) is the Governor’s endorsed resource to provide free and confidential assistance to Minnesota firms.

We focus on innovation, technology transfer, investments and commercialization by:

  • increasing the number of SBIR/STTR proposals submitted (through outreach and financial support);
  • increasing the number of SBIR/STTR awarded (through technical assistance and mentoring); and
  • preparing SBIR/STTR funded companies with commercialization success (through technical assistance, mentoring and partnering with other organizations).

We collaborate with the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and other research institutions to support technology transfer and commercialization by leveraging SBIR/STTR investments.

Want to learn more?

The Small Business Administration provides a plethora of information about the programs.  At the links below, you will be able to read more about the legislative history of the programs; access links to the 11 participating federal agencies (micro-sites); conduct topic searches, both open and closed; and a whole lot more.  We also strongly encourage you to review the guiding document for the administration of the programs: SBIR/STTR POLICY DIRECTIVE.

We strongly encourage you to review the links below to become better acquainted with these programs before submitting your application to the SBIR/STTR Accelerator.

About SBIR Programs
About STTR Programs

SBIR Agency Links
Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program based on their level of extramural R&D budgets that exceed $100M.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Environment Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

STTR Agency Links
Five federal agencies participate in the SBIR program as a result of their extramural R&D budgets that exceed $1B.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

MNSBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, in-kind support from the University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization, the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, Collider and MHTA.  

U.S. Small Business Administration