The University of Arizona

SBIR/STTR Programs

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs 

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are designed to spur economic development by enabling small businesses, including faculty start-ups, to turn innovative ideas into market-worthy products. STTR’s specifically require public/private partnerships between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. SBIR/STTRs span multiple federal agencies and research objectives.

Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that commercializes inventions stemming from research, is committed to helping increase the activity and effectiveness of new and small businesses based on university research applying for SBIR/STTR funding. Their experts can help connect UA faculty and researchers with external service providers, as well as help align expertise and research with funding opportunities. If you would like help with your SBIR proposal, get details and contact TLA.

About the Programs

The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program supports technology innovation by providing federal research funds to help grow small technology-based businesses, and thus contribute to a strong economy.

The STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) Program cultivates public/private partnerships by encouraging joint venture development between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions.

Reduced F&A rate for Phase I awards to 15% TDC 

Phase I grants have a limited total award maximum, but are a required stepping stone to the more generous Phase II grants. By reducing the F&A rate, the Senior Vice President for Research and Research, Discovery & Innovation are investing in the success of Phase I projects through increasing funds available for direct costs. It is anticipated that this action will encourage more Phase I activity and more successful conversions of Phase I projects to Phase II. The Phase II F&A rate remains unchanged at the appropriate federally negotiated F&A rate for the activity. 

Reduction in F&A Rate for Phase I SBIRs and STTR’s Memo

Assistance and Resources for SBIR/STTR Programs