SBIR & STTR Requirements
While the purpose of both the SBIR and STTR programs are to spur innovation within the small business community, the eligibility requirements under each program are a bit different.
|SBIR Eligibility Requirements||
||STTR Eligibility Requirements|
|The applicant must be a small business (500 or fewer employees), 51% of which is owned by persons in the United States.||The applicant must be a small business (500 of fewer employees). Unlike the SBIR program, there is no requirement that a majority of the small business be owned by persons in the United States.|
|The Principal Investigator’s primary place of employment during the award period must be with the small business.||The Principal Investigator’s primary place of employment during the award period may be with the small business.|
|The small business awardee is encouraged to partner with a research institution. However, there is no requirement to do so.||At least 40% of work performed under the award must be performed by the small business. At least 30% of work performed under the award must be performed by a research institution.|