Technology Commercialization Services

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

These grants are offered through eleven federal agencies to encourage small businesses engaging in research with commercialization potential. The State of Nebraska offers matching funds. NBDC provides comprehensive assistance to clients interested in pursuing these funding opportunities.

NBDC consulting services will help you:

  • Understand the SBIR/STTR programs and their requirements
  • Locate federal agencies offering SBIR/STTR funding with an R&D focus that fits your innovation
  • Connect and communicate with the funding agency's program manager
  • Complete the required registrations and meet submission deadlines
  • Review and improve proposals
“Phase I & II grants kick start a project through the highest risk stages without dilution of equity for the founding members of a company. Although the grant writing process is tedious it forces applicants to think through their research and commercialization strategies plus the reviewers provide excellent feedback.“—Dr Douglas K. Benn, founder, Firefly Health Innovations NE, Inc.

More information:

SBIR/STTR program summary
Federal agencies with SBIR/STTR programs, due dates, solicitations
Steps required for application (checklist)
SBIR Brochure sbir

“The STTR grant program is an important and very useful source of funding to aid small companies and their academic partners in initiating critical research that they might not otherwise be able to pursue.”—Craig Tuttle, former President & CEO, Transgenomic, Inc.