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Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program
The SBIR program was created by the "Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982", to ensure that small businesses received a greater share of federal research and development awards. The "Small Business Innovation Development Enhancement Act of 1992", reauthorized the SBIR program.
The objectives of the SBIR program are to:
Since the implementation of the program, HHS has received approximately 89,265 Phase I proposals and funded 20,120, with awards exceeding $2.4 billion. For Phase II awards, of the SBIR Program, HHS has received approximately 17,031 proposals and funded 6,951 with awards exceeding $5.7 billion.
In Fiscal Year 2010, HHS released three (3) SBIR solicitations, several thousand copies were downloaded from the SBIR/STTR website to small businesses resulting in 6,750 Phase I proposals received and 83 funded, totaling over $206 million. For Phase II awards, 782 proposals were received with approximately 319 funded, totaling over $412 million.
The SBIR program also includes awards to women-owned, small disadvantaged and HUBZone small businesses. The chart below shows awards in those categories under the SBIR Program.
Fiscal Year 2010 SBIR Program
WOSB - Women-Owned Small Business
Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Program
There are two major differences between the STTR and SBIR programs. They are:
The "Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992", requires HHS and certain other Federal agencies to reserve a specified amount of their extramural research and development (R&D) budgets for the STTR program. This legislation is intended to:
One (1) STTR Solicitation was released in Fiscal Year 2010. The solicitation was made available on-demand' electronically for small businesses. HHS' total extramural R&D budget for FY 2010 was $23.9 billion, with an STTR budget of $71.9 million.
Total STTR Obligations for Fiscal Year 2010
For continuously updated information concerning these two programs, you should visit the Small Business Administration website at: http://www.sbir.gov/. To obtain an electronic copy of an SBIR or STTR solicitation, visit NIH's website at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm. Or, to obtain a hard copy, contact the following:
PHS SBIR/STTR Solicitation Office
For general information or questions concerning the National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR programs, contact:
Dr. Matthew Portnoy
For general information or questions concerning the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) SBIR program, contact: