MN-SBIR assists seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms (1-500 employees) to strategically access non-dilutive federal funding through the annual $2.5B Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. SBIR/STTR funding supports early stage technology that has the potential for commercialization across the spectrum of science, technology and engineering.
MN-SBIR provides mentoring, training, financial and technical assistance for small, advanced technology businesses by helping them navigate these Programs. MN-SBIR assists qualifying science and technology-driven small businesses with the following:
- small business research and development assistance,
- technology transfer from universities to small businesses,
- proposal development and mentoring for small businesses applying for SBIR/STTR funding; and,
- commercializing technology developed through SBIR/STTR grants or contracts.
MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA.