Submit Your Application for the SBIR/STTR Accelerator

Cohort Calendar


Cohort Accelerator
Due Date
Course Dates  Seats
National Institues of Health Cohort 1 – Full 10/15/2019 10/24/2019 – 1/6/2020 12
National Institues of Health Cohort 2 1/15/2020 2/6/2020 – 4/5/2020 12
National Institues of Health Cohort 3 5/15/2020 6/4/2020 – 9/5/2020 12
National Science Foundation Cohort 1 10/15/2019 11/1/2019 – 12/13/2019 12
National Science Foundation Cohort 2 1/15/2020 1/15/2020 – 3/31/2019 12
National Science Foundation Cohort 3 6/15/2020 6/30/2020 – 9/30/2020 12
Deparment of Defense
Cohort 1
Anytime 12/1/2019 – 2/12/2020 12
Department of Defense Cohort 2 Anytime 5/1/2020 – 6/17/2020 12
General Cohort 1 Anytime EPA, DOC, USDA, DOT, DOE, DHS, DoEdu, NASA 12
General Cohort 2 Anytime  EPA, DOC, USDA, DOT, DOE, DHS, DoEDU, NASA 12

Accelerator Application Requirements


The SBIR/STTR Accelerator Application enables us to assess if the SBIR/STTR programs are good fit for your technology development effort.  (Please do not include any proprietary information in your Application.)

Based on our years of knowledge and experience in the SBIR/STTR programs, we will evaluate whether your proposed project shows promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk that is required to be competitive in the programs.  Based on our assessment of your Application, we will invite you and your team (up to two people) to participate in the cohort of your choice.

The SBIR/STTR Accelerator Application includes these questions that must be answered in sufficient detail to determine your readiness for the Accelerator:

  1. The Technology Innovation. (Up to 500 words): Describe the technical innovation that would be the focus of a project, including a brief discussion of the origins of the innovation as well as explanation as to why it meets the program’s mandate to focus on supporting research and development (R&D) of unproven, high-impact innovations.
  1. The Technical Objectives and Challenges. (Up to 500 words): Describe the R&D or technical work to be done in a project, including a discussion of how and why the proposed work will help prove that the product or service is technically feasible and/or significantly reduce technical risk. Discuss how, ultimately, this work could contribute to making the new product, service, or process commercially viable and impactful. This section should also convey that the proposed work meets the definition of R&D, rather than straightforward engineering or incremental product development tasks.
  1. The Market Opportunity. (Up to 250 words): Describe the customer profile and pain point(s) that will be the near-term commercial focus related to this technical project. (For Department of Defense SBIR/STTR projects add what you know about the dual purpose of the technology (military and commercial).
  1. The Company and Team. (Up to 250 words): Describe the background and current status of the applicant small business, including key team members who will lead the technical and/or commercial efforts.  Include your corporate and intellectual property counsel, accounting firm, and any other business or scientific advisors.
  1. Scientific or Technical Publications/Articles: List three to five relevant scientific or technical publications/articles that support your technological innovation and its commercial potential.  All SBIR/STTR proposals are scholarly documents that are well referenced with citations.