The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program was established by Congress in 1982 to fund Research and Development (R&D) through small businesses of less than 500 employees. Eligible projects must serve a Department of Defense (DoD) R&D need and have potential to develop into a product or service for commercial and/or defense markets. The DoD SBIR Program is part of a larger Federal SBIR Program administered by 11 Federal Departments and Agencies.
To apply for these programs, a small business must respond to a federal solicitation with a proposal. Each year, the DoD issues three SBIR solicitations which identify hundreds of topics from the DoD components that represent serious scientific and technical problems requiring innovative solutions. The topics are available at www.dodsbir.net/solicitation.
Iowa State University’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer can ease the proposal process and increase the chances of winning an award.
For additional information, please contact:
SBIR/STTR Program Administrator
Iowa State University