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Qualifications for SBIR

Qualifications
In order to be eligible to participate in SBIR, your business must meet the following qualifications:

Organized for profit, with a place of business located in the US;

  • At least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in, the US, or
  • At least 51% owned and controlled by another for-profit business concern that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in, the United States; and;
  • 500 or less employees, including affiliates (exceptions may apply).

The SBIR program is designed to fund the development of truly innovative technologies. These technologies often represent advancements in the state-of-the-art in their field, but some agencies will also fund significant improvements of existing technology and/or innovative applications of existing technology.

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