The Maryland PTAC is proud to host an SBIR/STTR program for small businesses. The program consists of regular classes for beginners to advanced students, plus one on one counseling with a procurement specialist. Read on to learn more about how SBIR/STTR funding can help make your tech dream come true. 

PARTICIPATE IN OUR DIGITAL WALK-IN CLINIC: Complete the application form here to book a free 30-minute SBIR/STTR digital walk-in session with a counselor.

ATTEND A CLASS: Review our training calendar and sign up for the next SBIR/STTR class here.

Each year, over $2.3 Billion in Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants are set‐aside for small technology companies with under 500 employees, or individual entrepreneurs who form a company, to conduct early-stage Research and Development (R&D) of their products, services or processes.


Phase I SBIR/STTR grants help you conduct a feasibility study of the scientific and technical merits of your idea. Later phases expand the testing and development and assist you with the commercialization of the idea. These awards are non-dilutive and non-repayable and often involve large amounts of funding. Products developed through this program have led to 20% of the world’s most important innovations in medicine, energy, defense, education, agriculture, transportation, and more.


You should attend an SBIR/STTR class at the Maryland PTAC if:

  • You’re an entrepreneur with an idea that has commercial prospects

  • You need money to test, develop and commercialize your idea

  • You’ve held off research and development due to a lack of capital

  • Venture Capital markets want too much of your potential success

  • You’re a US-based firm with under 500 employees.


If any of these are true, our upcoming Small Business Innovation Research/Small business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR) seminarS will be for you.


Topics will include:


Overview of the SBIR/STTR Programs:

o Mission

o Goals

o History

o Descriptions

  • The Phase I, II, III structure of the programs

  • Standard descriptions of Phase I, II, III processes

  • Eligibility and criteria for program participation

  • Differences between the SBIR & STTR programs

  • Program differences between agencies

  • Identification and Difference between contracting and grants agencies

  • Important takeaway messages

  • Frequently asked questions


Further SBIR/STTR Resources

  • Review SBIR.GOV for information on grants and more

  • Review further funding opportunities at

  • Learn more about the National Science Foundation (NSF) seed fund here

  • Seven Questions to ask Agencies about SBIR/STTR opportunities here

  • Five tips for preparing your SBIR/STTR Budget here

  • National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) FY 20 opportunities are open here

  • All Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website.



An Introduction to the SBIR Program

Ready to Get Started?

DIGITAL WALK-IN CLINIC: Complete the application form here to book a free 30-minute SBIR/STTR digital walk-in session with a counselor.

CLASSES: Review our training calendar and sign up for the next SBIR/STTR class here