Helping our Faculty Navigate the World of SBIRs & STTRs

SBIR, STTR Panel PhotographOn October 27th, OTT held an SBIR/STTR educational panel focused on answering questions and clearing up misconceptions about these funding programs. Kevin Lei, our Director of Faculty & Startup Services, served as moderated for a distinguished panel, consisting of a group of professionals with a great deal of experience in applying for and obtaining SBIR and STTR federal grants. On the panel were Juliana Cyril, the director of Office of Technology & Innovation and SBIR Program Director at CDC; Connie Casteel from the State of Georgia’s SBIR Assistance Program; Vince LaTerza, serial entrepreneur and President and CEO of Aiye BioPharma; and Ernest Garcia, Emory Professor and Scientific Founder of Syntermed.

From that seminar we realized there were a lot of FAQs, so to help clear up some confusion about SBIR and STTR grants for those that couldn’t attend, we’ve put together this handy table!

SBIR vs. STTR

  SBIR STTR
Who applies? For-profit U. S. small business For-profit U. S. small business
Principal Investigator Employed at least 51% by the small business with at least 10% effort May be employed by either the small business or non-profit with at least 10% effort
Intellectual Property (IP) Requires the small business and non-profit to have an agreement concerning IP and further research/development
Amounts and timelines Phase I: $150,000 for 6 months
Phase II: $1M for 2 years
Phase I: $100,000 for 1 year
Phase II: $750,000 for 2 years
Is collaboration required? Allowed Required
Work distribution (R&D) small business: minimum 66% Phase I, 50% Phase II
Non-profit: maximum 33% Phase I, 50% Phase II
small business: minimum 40% both phases
Non-profit minimum 30% both phases
Number of participating agencies 12 5

 

Take-aways

  • Start early there are many steps in the process and it will take many months

  • Consult with Emory department administration regarding Emory specific requirements, particularly as it relates to conflict of interest or commitment (effort)

  • Speak to the program officer before beginning the application, they are a wealth of information

  • Be sure that the application supports the aims/goals of the agency and program being applied to

  • These grants (or contracts) are not alternative ways of funding basic research but are designed to launch market-worthy products and create jobs, think economic development

  • It is now permissible to switch between SBIR and STTR between phases

  • Agency set-asides are rising due to the recent re-authorization, more than $2B is available each year

  • Not all agencies are large enough to participate in both programs or all aspects

  • The total grant amount includes both direct and indirect costs

  • Fast-track, or Direct to Phase II, applications combine the Phase I and Phase II activities for submission and review

Is your small business eligible?

  • Less than 500 employees

  • For profit U. S. business

  • All funds must be spent in the United States<

  • Small business must be 51% owned by U. S. citizens or permanent residents

Find additional information in our blogs “STTR Funding for Your Start-up” and “SBIR Funding for Your Start-up.”

Want to see the whole seminar and the great discussion that followed? If you are interested in discussing the SBIR/STTR process in more detail, please contact our office.