SBIR STTR America's Seed Fund

TEDCO has opened the application process to select up to 20 companies to participate in the SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab to assist in their National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR/STTR proposal submissions in 2020. The Proposal Lab runs from January 15, 2020 until June 3, 2020. The application process will close on December 31, 2019 and it will be competitive. Fill out the form below on this web page. If you qualify, you will receive an invitation to a virtual interview. Apply now so that you are one of the first companies to be considered for this unique and highly subsidized opportunity.

The SBIR Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The STTR Program
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization resulting innovations.

Register to Be a Part of the SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab!
  • Do you have an innovative business idea?
  • Would grant funding help launch or grow your Maryland small business?
  • Want a program with an emphasis on women-owned, socially disadvantaged, and rural businesses (although not exclusive)?
  • Want to increase your chances of winning Small Business Innovation Research SBIR/STTR funding?
  • How about budget-friendly proposal training that leads to a submitted proposal?
What is the SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab?

The SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab combines information from SBIR/STTR tutorials, best-in-industry proposal training, mentoring, proposal reviews, and hands-on guidance throughout the process of developing and submitting an NSF proposal. NSF has broad topics and offers a $225,000 Phase I SBIR award.

SBIR/STTR Proposal Lab is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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