The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has over $2B in funds available for startups and small businesses. These are competitive grants that eliminate much of the competition that is typically seen when applying for grants. However, there are certain requirements that need to be met for an entity to apply for and receive SBIR funding. Here are the major requirements:
For further details, here’s a link to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) description of Small Business Eligibility Criteria.
In order to apply for an SBIR or STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grant, there are certain registrations that you need to complete. It is crucial to fill out these registrations as early as possible. Some of these registrations can take weeks to complete. You don’t want to miss a grant application deadline due to incomplete registration. All of these are free registrations.
Once you have all the required registrations complete, you will then need to register with the specific agency of interest. If you plan to submit to multiple agencies over time, then you might as well register with all agencies of interest.
For NIH, you also need to register with ERA Commons.
For NSF, you also need to register with Fastlane.
For the DOD, you must register with the DOD SBIR/STTR Web Portal.
For NASA, you must register with the NASA Electronic Handbook (EHB).
For the Department of Energy, you will also need to register with FedConnect and create an account with the DOE Portfolio and Management System (PAMS).
If you plan to submit an SBIR or STTR proposal soon, complete these registrations now. Get them out of the way so that you can focus on the grant application.