Funding Opp

SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Grants

Expires: September 27, 2021

The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs represent the largest source of early-stage, high-risk technology financing in the United States. Eleven federal agencies participate in this program which provides funding for early-stage research and development projects leading to the commercialization of resulting products or services. The programs are designed to benefit entrepreneurs and small businesses — while increasing the competitiveness of the U.S. economy — by funding the development of innovative products and services.

Phase I awards assist entrepreneurs to determine the feasibility of products and services. Agencies award grants to explore the technical merit of an idea or technology in response to a specific agency topical need. The IRISBF provides matching grants of up to $45,000 to assist recipients of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards to pursue the more substantial Phase II awards.

How to Apply for SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Grants 

Eligible Rhode Island companies that have received an SBIR/STTR Phase I award the contract by September 27, 2021, and are still active in Phase I are invited to apply. Applications should be submitted through the online submission tool below. You must have a STAC Profile to submit grant applications through the online submission tool. If the amount of the funding requested exceeds the amount of funding available a lottery will be conducted.


For more information, contact Kaleena Harrington at or 401-278-9122.


Responses are due by September 27, 2021 at 11:45 PM ET

Submissions are timestamped at the end of the response process, which includes the time it takes to upload your files and verify that all data fields are complete. Submissions that are timestamped after the deadline will be invalid.

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