Inventive Local Companies Can Apply for Federal SBIR Grants

Federal grant program funds innovation at small businesses

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Hawaii’s Most Successful SBIR Companies, 1982-2010

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SBIR awards come in three phases:

Phase I

Beginning this year, Phase I awardees receive up to $150,000 for a six- to nine-month feasibility study of their innovation.

Phase II

Only companies that have successfully completed Phase I are eligible to apply for Phase II, up to $1.5 million for a two-year project to build a prototype or demonstration project.

Phase III

Phase III, which is typically not funded by the government, is commercialization.


SBIR/STTR Resources

One-stop-shopping for all things SBIR and STTR. Visitors to this website can find everything from the latest agency solicitations to abstracts of past awards. Great for general information, too.

Hawaii Technology Development Corp. is the official administrator of the state’s SBIR program. In addition to providing matching funds to federal Phase I awardees, HTDC offers workshops and seminars on subjects such as proposal writing and product development. Through its Manufacturing Extension Program (MEP), companies can get advice on prototype development and almost anything else that has to do with manufacturing.

Because it’s the largest SBIR agency, the Department of Defense has a lot of useful information on its website. Of particular interest is the SITIS section (SBIR/STTR Interactive Topic Information System), which provides technical clarification on solicitation topics.

Though not pithy, the website for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture is a quick entry-point to the byzantine world of the USDA’s SBIR areas of interest.

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