Minnesota Small Business Innovation Research (MNSBIR)


MNSBIR assistance is free and confidential. 

MNSBIR is focused on turning new ideas and inventions into products and services that spur job growth and competitiveness while promoting economic development.

MNSBIR is the Governor’s endorsed resource for startups and existing firms to access funding from the annual ~$3.7 billion Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  The SBIR/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.

It’s all about innovation, technology transfer, investments and commercialization.  MNSBIR is driven to increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals submitted (through outreach and financial support); increase the number of SBIR/STTR awarded (through technical assistance and mentoring); and better prepare SBIR/STTR funded companies with commercialization success (through technical assistance and mentoring).

MNSBIR collaborates with the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and other research institutions to support technology transfer and commercialization by leveraging SBIR/STTR funding.

Want to learn more?

The Small Business Administration offers general 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 participating federal agencies; conduct topic searches, both open and closed; and a whole lot more.

We strongly encourage you to review this information, so you can become better acquainted with these programs before completing the Project Pitch.

About SBIR Programs
About STTR Programs
SBIR Agency Links
STTR Agency Links
SBIR/STTR Open Solicitations
SBIR/STTR Open Topic Search
SBIR/STTR On-Line Tutorials


We are 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