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Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Eligibility Requirements

At the recent “BioOhio Annual Conference: Innovation Road Show,” Susan Pucie of the NHLBI discussed the SBIR and STTR eligibility requirements. Below is an overview of the STTR eligibility requirements (click here for an overview of SBIR eligibility requirements):

3 Phase Program for STTR (grants only)

Phase 1 – Feasibility Study

  • Average award period – 1 year
  • Average costs – $100,000 

Phase 2 – Research and Development

  • Average award period – 2 years
  • Average costs – $750,000 
  • (Fast Track – Combines Phase 1 and 2 applications and shortens funding cycle between phases)

Phase 3 – Commercialization Stage

  • Non-STTR Funds 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Cooperative Research and Development Effort
  • A small business has to be involved at least 40% of the time in Phases 1 and 2 and part of the research must take place at their location
  • A US research institution has to be involved at least 30% of the time in Phases 1 and 2 and part of the research must take place at their location
  • A US research institution can be a college, university, non-profit research organization, or a federal research center
  • Intellectual Property Agreement
  • The agreement must describe in detail the allocation of the rights in the intellectual property and the right to carry out follow-on research and development and commercialization
  • Research must be done in the United States unless approval from the program is received based on the award recipient’s justification


NIH – National Institute of Health

SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research

STTR – Small Business Technology Transfer

NHLBI – National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

PI – Principal Investigator

Click here to learn more about Small Business Innovation Research eligibility requirements. If you have questions about SBIR or STTR eligibility requirements, please leave a comment or contact our Biotech Group at (440) 449-6800.

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