About the SBIR Connector
The SBIR Connector is a social database that gives you the ability to connect with other entrepreneurs, researchers, and small businesses interested in SBIR/STTR opportunities.
Find the topics that matter.
Whether you are looking for the latest SBIR topics and solicitations or are in need of a business partner with a special set of skills, the SBIR Connector can help you find opportunities tailored to your needs.
- Step 1. Find a funding opportunity that is right for you
Search through the database of SBIR/STTR funding opportunities to find the right SBIR/STTR topic.
- Step 2. Indicate interest in a funding opportunity
Once you find a topic you are interested in, use the “List Me” button to the right of the topic list to indicate your interest. By clicking this button, your profile information will be listed next to the topic so that other users can contact you about collaborating on a topic.
- Step 3. Receive notifications when others indicate interest in the same funding opportunity
When other users indicate interest in a topic on the SBIR Connector platform, all other interested users will be notified.
- Step 4. Reach out to potential partners
The SBIR Connector platform gives interested users the opportunity to build a team that is well-positioned to submit an SBIR/STTR proposal to that topic.
Open topics and solicitations from every agency are stored and referenced here so that you can find the funding opportunities most relevant to you.
Topic and Partner Matching
Customize your profile to connect with users and topics that are suited to your specific skill set.
Topic Searching and Filtering
Search across all listings to find the topics and solicitations that are most relevant to you.
Receive notifications when you match with a topic or partner, or when new solicitations and topics are released.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is SBIR/STTR?
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are run by the U.S. Small Business Administration and are funded through various federal agencies. The programs fund proposals through a competitive award process. Funding is awarded to small businesses for the purpose of developing high-tech, innovative products with a strong commercialization potential.
How does the SBIR Connector help increase my odds of obtaining SBIR funding?
A small business with a great idea may not have the necessary resources to be competitive for an SBIR award. The SBIR Connector provides a platform for small businesses to partner with qualified individuals, other businesses, or research institutions to aid in product design, development, testing, etc. Working with skilled and qualified partners can increase the likelihood of receiving SBIR funding.
How does the SBIR Connector work?
New topics and solicitations are uploaded and updated as they become available from federal agencies. These will be listed under "Topics" with all supporting information. SBIR Connector users are able to create a profile on the site which allows them to indicate interest on any topic. Interested parties can then connect with one another to discuss partnership on a topic.
How often are new topics and solicitations added?
The website is updated within 3 days of each topic release from individual agencies.
Where can I learn more about the SBIR/STTR programs?
General information about the program can be found at sbir.gov.
Each federal agency has detailed information about their SBIR/STTR program on their individual websites:
- Department of Defense (DOD)
- Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health (HHS/NIH)
- Department of Agriculture (DOA)
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Department of Education (ED)
- Department of Energy (DOE)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
Where can I get help with my SBIR/STTR proposal?
If you are located in Oklahoma, visit OKCatalyst.com to get information about the Oklahoma Catalyst Programs. We offer a number of programs to assist small businesses with SBIR/STTR funding. If you are based somewhere outside of Oklahoma, visit sbir.gov and click "Local Resources" to search for help in your state
About Catalyst Programs
The Oklahoma Catalyst Programs provide networking, training, and mentoring to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Oklahoma. We are located in Norman, Oklahoma at the Tom Love Innovation Hub on the University of Oklahoma Research Campus, but we work with entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout Oklahoma. We believe that small businesses launching hi-tech companies are our best bet for solving many of the challenges facing Oklahoma and the nation. One of the best tools to help U.S. small businesses fund their research and development is the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program: a $2.5 billion funding opportunity for small businesses to do technology-focused research and development.
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