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SBIR and STTR Comparison Chart

Related Extramural SOP: Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Grants SOP

Requirements SBIR STTR
Application form Electronic grant application package Electronic grant application package
PI requirements Employed by company more than 50 percent time during award. Minimum 10 percent effort on project; total percent effort, including effort at academic institution, cannot exceed 100 percent.
Time Phase I—six months to one year Phase I—one year
Maximum award (total costs) – can be exceeded with justification Phase I—$225,000
Phase II—$1.5 million
Phase I—$225,000
Phase II—$1.5 million
Subcontracts including consultants Guidelines say not to exceed 33 percent in phase I or 50 percent in phase II. Required subcontract of at least 30 percent to academic partner; total subcontracts and consultants cannot exceed 60 percent.
Performance site Grant funds must be used entirely in U.S.; part of research must take place in company-controlled research space. Grant funds must be used entirely in U.S.; part of research must take place in company-controlled research space and part in that of academic partner.

 

Last Updated March 07, 2013

Last Reviewed December 12, 2011