Understanding SBIR Funding

  Follow the Money! 

Total annual budget for SBIR grant funding:  >$4.5 Billion across 16 government agencies (www.Grants.gov)

Government agencies funding >$100Million/yr in grants are mandated by Congress to set aside 3% of their Federal appropriation for SBIR funding

    • DoD  >>>  NIH >>> NSF  >>> remaining 13 agencies
    • Agencies must spend their SBIR funds every year
  • Funding levels are typically upper 15th to 20th percentile – Applications are NOT equally meritorious!