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The Minnesota SBIR/STTR Assistance Office (MNSBIR) is the Governor’s resource to provide free and confidential business and technical assistance to Minnesota firms to access federal SBIR/STTR investments.  We are focused on:

  • 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).
  • increasing technology transfer opportunities with the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and other institutions in Minnesota.

About the SBIR/STTR Programs

For 40 years, America’s Seed Fund has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.

Read the SBIR/STTR POLICY DIRECTIVE

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 Federal and State Technology Partnership 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 and Collider (Rochester). 

Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program is a competitive grants program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses. It improves the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology, thereby helping keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and development in science and technology. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and the American Samoa may receive funding for an array of services (e.g., outreach and technical assistance) in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.