Getting Started

There is a plethora of information on the web to give you the basics to determine if you are a good fit with the Programs.  We encourage you to review the Self-Assessment; review the website and read or watch the SBIR Online Tutorials; and then lastly you can attend a free monthly SBIR Group Discussion at MHTA to learn more before applying to the Phase 0 Technical Assistance Program.

Additionally, MN-SBIR has a strong working relationship with the University of St. Thomas, Small Business Development Center, which offers a valuable course called Smart Start.  To learn more, visit

Download the MN-SBIR Self Assessment form (.docx)

SBIR Group Discussion – February 7, 2018, 10 am-12 pm

What do the SBIR/STTR programs fund?
The SBIR/STTR Programs offer significant funding opportunities across the range of science, technology and engineering to support high risk, high payoff projects through competitive federal research grants and contracts. So, how do you determine if your idea, concept or project is a match? Go to to conduct a search of open and closed research topics. It is easy to do. Plus, think outside the box. Do not judge an agency without looking at their research topics and interests.

About SBIR/STTR Programs
SBIR/STTR Agency Links
SBIR/STTR Open Solicitations
SBIR/STTR Open Topic Search
SBIR/STTR On-Line Tutorials
SBIR/STTR Policy Directives
SBIR/STTR Legislation