April 2020

Guidance for SBIR/STTR Applicants and Awardees Impacted by COVID-19

SBIR/STTR Participating Agencies are providing guidance relevant to applicants and awardees regarding changes to solicitation deadlines, reporting requirements, or other administrative flexibilities related to grants and contracts.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date with the relevant agency directly. If you are a current awardee – reach out directly to your funding agreement officer (grant or contracting officer) and program manager. Visit the SBIR.gov Solicitations page for a collection of SBIR/STTR participating agency websites with specific information about the impact of COVID-19 on the application and awards process.

Upcoming SBIR/STTR Deadlines:

How Can I Help? Federal Funding and Partnership Opportunities in the Fight gainst Coronavirus

Federal agencies are supporting research and development in the national response to coronavirus. These include SBIR and non-SBIR funding opportunities. Stay up-to-date directly with agencies.

To stay up to date on the overall federal response, visit www.coronavirus.gov .

March 2020

Upcoming Agency Deadlines

NASA – March 20, 2020, 5 pm ET.
USDA – October 1, 2020 (solicitation is currently available at USDA SBIR)
National Science Foundation – rolling submission option, must be invited to submit a full proposal.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

National Institutes of Health – New PAs and Program Descriptions and Topics will be released sometime May 2020.

Department of Defense Broad Agency Announcements (Dates Subject to Change)

  • SBIR Pre-Release Begins on April 22, 2020
  • Announcement Opens on May 20, 2020
  • Announcement Closes on June 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • SBIR Pre-Release Begins on August 25, 2020
  • Announcement Opens on September 23, 2020
  • Announcement Closes on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • STTR Pre-Release Begins on April 22, 2020
  • Announcement Opens on May 20, 2020
  • Announcement Closes on June 17, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • STTR Pre-Release Begins on August 25, 2020
  • Announcement Opens on September 23, 2020
  • Announcement Closes on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET

February 2020

SBA Launches National 2020 SBIR Road Tour to Connect Tech Entrepreneurs with Federal R&D Funding. The Road Tour will stop at cities in the Southeast, Midwest, Rockies and the Central South. Learn more here.  

DEED Funding Supports Minnetronix Medical Expansion in St. Paul – Minnetronix is a multi-year SBIR funded company with medical technological advancements. DEED recently announced a $1 million grant and loan funding to assist Minnetronix in expanding its headquarters.  Read more here.

NSF Webinar Series Funding for Startups and Small Businesses – Join an upcoming webinar if you are interested in translating your technology, testing if it has market potential or just learning about NSF funding opportunities. Browse the event schedule here. 

New OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator Announced by ECMC Group and gener8tor – Learn more here.

The NASA SBIR and STTR 2020 Phase 1 Program Solicitation is now open! Proposals are due by March 20, 2020, 5:00 pm ET.
Learn more and get started here.  

NSF Small Business Update – New Phase 1 funding opportunities are now available and the Phase 1 award amount has increased to $256,000!
Learn more about the SBIR and STTR updates.