Beacom School of Business Small Business Innovation Research

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About SBIR

Federal Agencies
Three Phases
Due Dates & Special Requirements
Finding SBIR Topics
Resource Links

To be eligible, businesses must be:
  • American owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • 500 employees or less 
  • Principal researcher is employed by business and devotes at least 51% of their time to concept development and/or supervision
Federal Agencies:

Each year eleven federal agencies are required by SBIR to reserve a portion of their R&D funds for awards to small business.  These agencies designate R&D topics and accept proposals during specific annual deadlines.

Three Phases:
Following submission of proposals, agencies make SBIR awards based on small business qualification, degree of innovation, technical merit, and future market potential. Small businesses that receive awards then begin a three-phase program. The award process takes approximately six to nine months to complete.
  • PHASE 1:
    • Feasibility study
    • Up to $150,000 per award
    • Six-month time-frame
    • Principal R&D effort
    • Builds on Phase I funding (must receive Phase I to apply for Phase II)
    • Up to $750,000 per award
    • Two-year time frame
    • Commercialization of the Phase II results
    • Moves the innovation from laboratory to marketplace
    • No federal funding provided
    • South Dakota SBIR can help
Due Dates & Special Requirements:

SBIR Key Solicitation Dates 
Every agency has different solicitation dates and requirements. Proposals must fit the research topic area and specifically address the needs of the funding agency. Scientific and technical quality and innovativeness of the idea are keys to success. Additionally, the qualifications of the main researcher, key personnel, adequacy of facilities and equipment and soundness of the work plan are all critical.

Finding SBIR Topics:

SBIR Topic Search 
Topic release dates vary by federal agency. Check the web site for each government agency that participates in the SBIR program for grant opportunities that match your specialty. Contact our office (South Dakota SBIR) for assistance in matching your specialty with available grant opportunities.  We can help you improve your odds of receiving an award.

Resource Links:
South Dakota Contact:
  • Dr. Gary Archamboult
    State Coordinator
    South Dakota SBIR Center
    South Dakota Technology Business Center
    2329 N. Career Ave., Ste. 106
    Sioux Falls, SD 57107
    Phone:  605-367-5757