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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

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Who May Apply: (specifically)

  • Entity must qualify as a small business concern at the time of award.
  • Small business concerns must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate:

    • The company is at least 51% American-owned and independently operated;
    • The small business concern is located in the U.S.;
    • It is for-profit and employs no more than 500 employees; and,
    • The principal researcher's primary employment is with the small business during the project.

  • Joint ventures are permitted, provided that the business entity created qualifies as a small business in accordance with the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 631.


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Last Modified: 04/01/2015