The SBIR program supports projects focused on technological innovation with commercialization potential. EVAMAX is here to assist with your application to maximize its achievability.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program aims to encourage US small businesses to engage in research and development (R&D) with potential for commercialization. The SBIR program provides award-based funding as incentive for technological innovation.

How It Works

The SBIR program is provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA allocates funding for the SBIR program to each of the 11 agencies listed below who then provide awardee small businesses with either a grant or contract for funding.

USDA - Department of Agriculture

DoC - Department of Commerce

DoD - Department of Defense

ED - Department of Education

DOE - Department of Energy

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services

DHS -Department of Homeland Security

DOT - Department of Transportation

EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NSF - National Science Foundation


To be eligible for this program, your business must meet all the following requirements:

Located in the United States


500 employees or less

More than 50% owned and controlled by citizens or permanent residents of the US

The Three Phases

The SBIR program consists of three phases.

Phase 1

During phase I, the technological merit, feasibility, and commercialization potential of the proposed R&D will be established. The quality of performance of the small business will also be determined to evaluate the possibility of stage II funding.

Funding: $50,000 – $250,000 for 6 months

Phase II

Typically, only phase I awardees are eligible for phase II. During phase II, R&D efforts started in phase I will be continued and awardees are assessed based on their outcomes in phase I, technological merit and commercialization potential from the phase II project.
Funding: $750,000 for 2 years

Phase III

In phase III the small businesses’ focus is on commercializing outcomes achieved through phases I & II.
Funding: The SBIR program does not fund phase III


Outlined below are some of the main differences between the SBIR and STTR programs.
Partnerships allowed but not required Must have a partnership with an eligible organization .
Majority of project employment must be at the applicant small business Principal Investigator may be employed by either the small business or the partnering organization
Allowed to subcontract up to:
Phase I: 33%
Phase II: 50%
Minimum project work requirement: Small business: 40% Partnering organization: 30%d.
11 participating agencies 5 participating industries
Majority venture capital ownership is allowed by some agencies Majority venture capital ownership is not allowed.