SBIR Support Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are federal programs designed to stimulate technological innovation and provide opportunities for small businesses to conduct research and development (R&D) with commercialization potential. The programs help small businesses explore their technological potential and get their products closer to market. The programs are known as "America's largest seed fund."

Federal grants are available in two phases:

  • Phase I grants help very early-stage companies do proof of concept/feasibility studies on new technologies and are approximately $150,000.
  • Phase II grants build on Phase I work to help companies develop commercially ready prototypes to test with customers and are approximately $1.5M grants.

Business Oregon encourages small businesses in the state to access this non-dilutive, but very competitive, funding and seeks to provide businesses with advantages in accessing it. To achieve that goal, the agency has three types of grants to assist companies: Matching Grants, Phase 0 Grants, and Phase 00 Grants.

Matching Grants

Federal SBIR/STTR funding is a great source for early-stage companies, but it is not enough to help a company stand on its own. Business Oregon's matching grants provide funds to help fill gaps in what the federal grant will cover and assist businesses build on projects and advance new technologies. Matching grants are generally up to $50,000 for companies with a Phase I federal grant award and up to $100,000 for companies with a Phase II federal award.

Business Oregon anticipates releasing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for matching grants in September.

Phase 0 and 00 Grants

Because the SBIR/STTR programs are very competitive, Business Oregon also provides Phase 0 and 00 grants to help businesses prepare better applications to give companies a better chance to receive federal funding. Phase 0 grants go to businesses pursuing federal Phase I SBIR/STTR grant funds, while Phase 00 grants help businesses going for federal Phase II or Fast-Track grants. Phase 0/00 grants can be for up to $5,000. Business Oregon has provided approximately $200,000 of these grants to companies that have then won approximately $9M in federal grant awards.

Phase 0 Grants Can Be Used For:

  • Professional fees to develop the SBIR/STTR Phase I application (e.g., technical consultants, writer, reviewer)
  • Other professional fees (e.g., legal, accounting) directly related to preparing the SBIR/STTR Phase I application
  • Other out-of-pocket costs directly related to preparing the SBIR/STTR Phase I application (e.g., market research, technical database research or statistical analyses)

If you are interested in applying for a Business Oregon Phase 0 Grant, please email Mark Brady or call 503-689-5638. Download the program guidelines PDF and application form PDF.

Phase 00 Grants Can Be Used For

  • Professional fees to develop the SBIR/STTR Phase II application (e.g., technical consultants, writer, reviewer)
  • Other professional fees (e.g., legal, accounting) directly related to preparing the SBIR/STTR Phase II application
  • Other out-of-pocket costs directly related to preparing the SBIR/STTR Phase II application (e.g., market research, technical database research or statistical analyses)

If you are interested in applying for a Business Oregon Phase 00 Grant, please email Mark Brady or call 503-689-5638. Download the program guidelines PDF and application form PDF.