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SBIR Grants: Have an Innovative Idea? The Government Might Fund It For You

SBIR Grants

Believe it or not, there’s loads of unclaimed cash for innovative ideas.

Your dreams won’t fund themselves, and let’s face it; the average small business doesn’t have unlimited resources and disposable income. If you’re reading our blogs, there’s a good chance that you’re one of those small business owners.

Without appropriate funding, you might feel like your big idea will never see the light of day. Don’t give up! Your vision can still become a reality with the government’s help. You can leverage SBIR’s power to fund your dreams, like 179,000 other small businesses.

An SBIR grant might be the ticket if your idea has elements of research and technical innovation.

Team 80your SBIR accounting expertshave set up the ultimate guide for SBIR resources to help your small business along your journey to landing Phase I & II awards.

What is the SBIR program?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a United States government program that awards funds to small businesses conducting early-stage research and development.

There are three phases in the program. We’ll focus on two of them (the SBIR program does not fund Phase III). In the simplest terms, Phase I covers research costs; Phase II covers idea development.

Eleven government agencies participate in the SBIR program, and each year they invite people like you to conduct research. Why? Because the government is always in need of things. DOD needs innovative military tech, and the EPA constantly looks for environmental protection ideas.

If your brilliant idea can realistically further a federal agency’s mission, then the SBIR program could be a potential gold mine for you and your business.

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Who qualifies for an SBIR grant?

Domestic, for-profit businesses with under 500 employees can qualify for the SBIR program. The owners must be predominantly US citizens. These are the basic qualifications. But you should consider another detail: you won’t qualify if your idea doesn’t meet one of the participating government agencies’ needs.

You should research available topics and ensure you can develop a unique, unproven solution to a specific agency’s needs. Click here to determine your eligibility.

How long does it take to get an SBIR grant?

If you plan to save a tanking business with an SBIR grant, think again. The government doesn’t disperse funds quickly. It can take up to one year after proposal submission to receive the award and Phase I funding.

How competitive are SBIR grants?

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You won’t find the process of winning an SBIR grant easy. Typically, only ⅓ of first-time applicants receive an award.

In 2019, NIH awarded 1,329 grants out of a total of 6,084 applicants. That isn’t a high success rate, but these statistics shouldn’t discourage you!

If you’re asking about your chances of winning SBIR funding, you’re asking the wrong questions. That’s why we always say you shouldn’t make business plans around SBIR funding. Put faith in your idea and perfect your proposal – your proposal will set you apart from other applicants, make it stand out.

The SBIR program is a game-changer for folks typically disadvantaged either socially or economically – women and minorities are prime candidates and often win.

How does SBIR funding work?

Taxpayer dollars fund the SBIR program. Each year, the government sets aside roughly 2.2 billion dollars to finance cutting-edge technologies developed by small businesses (like yours).

The eleven agencies included in the SBIR program have annual research and development budgets. When those budgets exceed $100 million, the agency puts 3.2% of it towards the SBIR program.

A whopping 50% of SBIR funds come from the Department of Defense alone.

These grants are non-dilutive, meaning you’re getting money without having to give up control of your company. And you never have to pay it back.

As of 2020, agencies have doled nearly $259,613 to Phase I recipients and up to $1,730,751 for Phase II recipients. These awards are life-changing for many people and small businesses.

What is an STTR grant?

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The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is similar to the SBIR program. The only real difference is that STTR requires you to partner with a US non-profit research institution.

Out of the eleven agencies that participate in the SBIR program, only five take part in STTR. These are DODDOEHHSNASA, and NSF.

STTR awards are smaller than SBIR funds – the SBIR program has a larger pot of funds and receives more applicants.

SBIR is for me! How do I get started?

Are you ready to make the SBIR program leap? Do you qualify and feel confident that the world can benefit from your innovative product or service? That’s excellent!

But be prepared. The SBIR process is arduous, complicated, and time-consuming. The application process alone can consume as much as 200 hours! Wouldn’t you instead prefer to spend that time refining your idea? Of course, you would.

Many rules govern SBIR grants and countless compliance requirements. We’re here to help! We’re on a mission to end small business failures.

We’ve successfully assisted dreamers like you throughout the SBIR process. Whether it’s creating dynamic proposals that secure awards or managing the grant accounting, audits, and tax preparations, we are your SBIR experts!

Let us help you find SBIR success, so you can focus on making your dreams a reality!

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Sarah Sinicki

Team 80 CEO

Sarah is a leader focused on serving small businesses in various industries. She has worked with a multitude of companies over the last 25 years and loves helping business owners find success. Sarah is genuinely committed to unburdening Team 80 clients so that they have the freedom to focus on their business. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids, and her Yorkies, Marley and Ziggy. When she is not helping business owners, you can find her in a Reb3l Groove class dancing it out. Sarah is also an avid Colorado Avalanche fan, so if you ever want to talk about hockey, she’s your gal.


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2022 & 2023 SBIR Deadlines: Simplifying The Process With Team 80

SBIR Deadlines

It’s easy. You’re a small business that has won the Phase I award through the SBIR program, and we are the accounting team that will help you through all the hurdles of winning the Phase II award.

You’ve just pushed through Phase I of the process and chances are pretty likely that you are feeling a little fatigued right now. It’s no surprise. You’ve just successfully established the technical merit and feasibility of your innovative idea, and because of your efforts, you’ve secured an award in a highly competitive program. That’s no small feat!

However, you’re not even close to being out of the woods yet. The standard SBIR deadlines for 2022 are coming up* at the beginning of January, and you haven’t even begun to write your proposal for Phase II. And that is not even the half of it.

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We Are Your SBIR Accounting Experts

Did you know that if an SBIR agency is even considering granting you a Phase II award, they may require an in-depth pre-award “survey”? When it comes to Phase I of the SBIR program, the awards are typically smaller (no more than $150,000) so the government only expects a rudimentary system when it comes to your accounting. However, in Phase II the expectations will change drastically. Suddenly there is a LOT more money (up to $1 million compared to the possible $150,000 from Phase I) and the government will need to feel absolutely confident that your small business has a flawless accounting system.

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Right now, having an experienced accounting team that is well versed in all of the unique government rules required by the Federal Accounting Regulations is crucial. Don’t let this intimidate or discourage you; here comes the good part:

At Team 80, we understand ALL of the challenges you have yet to face and we are here to help further the R/R&D efforts that you’ve worked incredibly hard to initiate in Phase I. Allow us to take the confusing, complicated burden that is the SBIR program off your shoulders!

With over 20 years of extensive experience in government accounting, and having worked directly with agencies that participate in the SBIR programs, Team 80 has been able to successfully help small businesses (like yours) propose and WIN the SBIR research grants needed to develop their innovative ideas.

Using a “back-office accounting” approach, we provide an all-in-one solution for all of your accounting needs so that you don’t need to hire internally. We promise to save you money and time, and we utilize cloud-based accounting solutions, giving our expert help to set you up and keep you running smoothly with your specific SBIR accounting needs.

We also understand that many people are currently working from home right now which is why we offer remote SBIR accounting services.

  • Department of Agriculture
    1. USDA SBIR Phase I – November 2022
  • Department of Commerce
    1. NIST –  February 2023
    2. NOAA-  February 2023
  • Department of Defense:
    1. DoD 22.A & 22.1 BAA – 02/10/2022
    2. DoD 22.B & 22.2 BAA – June 2022
    3. DoD 22.C& 22.3 BAA – October 2022
    4. DOD SBIR 2022.2 – 06/15/2022
    5. DOD STTR 2022.B  – 06/15/2022
    6. DOD SBIR 2022.3 – 10/19/2022
    7. DOD STTR 2022.C – 10/19/2022
    8. AF X21.S CSO  STTR 02/17/2022
    9. DoD SBIR 2022.1 – 02/10/2022
    10. DoD STTR 2022.A  STTR – 02/10/2022
    11. Air Force X22.1 CSO SBIR – 02/10/2022
    12. DoD 22.4 SBIR Annual BAA – 12/31/2022
    12. DoD 22.D STTR Annual BAA – 12/31/2022
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    1. EPA SBIR Phase I – August 2022
  • Department of Transportation
    1. DOT – 23QSBIR1 – March 2023
  • NASA
    NASA SBIR 2022 Phase I Solicitation – 03/09/2022
    NASA STTR 2022 Phase I Solicitation – 03/09/2022
    NASA Ignite – 09/01/2022
  • Department of Education
    ED/IES SBIR Phase I RFP – 02/2023
    ED/IES SBIR Phase II – 02/07/2022
  • Department of Energy
    2022 Phase I – 02/14/2022 & 06/26/2022
    2022 Phase II – 04/04/2022 & 08/22/2022
    DOE Phase I Release 2 – 02/2023
  • Department of Homeland Security
    23.1 –  01/2023

Team 80 STTR & SBIR Deadlines Updated 07-12-2022

SBIR.gov List Updated 05-19-2022
SBIR.GOV Updated Solicitations

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    1. SBIR/STTR Phase I (2022) 10/26/2022
    2. SBIR/STTR Phase II (2022) 10/26/2022
  • Department of Health & Human Services
    (NIH, CDC, FDA)
    1. HHS SBIR – Solicitations
    • 07/20/2022
    • 08/05/2022
    • 09/02/2022
    • 09/05/2022
    • 09/08/2022
    • 10/07/2022
    • 11/08/2022
    • 11/14/2022
    • 11/15/2022
    • 11/18/2022
    • 12/09/2022
    • 01/05/2023
    • 01/13/2023
    • 02/09/2023
    • 02/17/2023
    • 02/22/2023
    • 02/28/2023
    • 03/27/2023
    • 04/05/2023
    • 05/15/2023
    • 06/15/2023
    • 08/09/2023
    • 06/22/2023
    • 09/05/2023
    • 09/14/2023
    • 12/04/2023
    • 12/08/2023
    2. HHS STTR – Solicitations
    • 08/22/2022
    • 09/02/2022
    • 09/05/2022
    • 09/08/2022
    • 11/14/2022
    • 12/05/2022
    • 12/09/2022
    • 01/05/2023
    • 03/27/2023
    • 04/05/2023
    • 09/05/2023
    • 12/04/2023
    • 12/08/2023

So, you have made it this far in your SBIR journey–why not let us take over from here so that you can get back to focusing on what matters most?

Team 80 CEO Sarah Sinicki

Sarah Sinicki


Team 80 CEO

Sarah is a leader focused on serving small businesses in various industries. She has worked with a multitude of companies over the last 25 years and loves helping business owners find success. Sarah is genuinely committed to unburdening Team 80 clients so that they have the freedom to focus on their business. In her free time, you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids, and her Yorkies, Marley and Ziggy. When she is not helping business owners, you can find her in a Reb3l Groove class dancing it out. Sarah is also an avid Colorado Avalanche fan, so if you ever want to talk about hockey, she’s your gal.