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SUNY faculty and other members of the campus community ​are highly encouraged​ in participating in SBIR or STTR funded activities. ​However,​ ​participation in these programs can create a conflict of interest in situations where the faculty member holds equity or has other interests in or with the ​small business company. These conflicts must be properly
disclosed and managed. Due to the potential for conflicts of interest and/or conflicts of commitment, and the potential need or desire to use SUNY or RF resources, individuals considering involvement in SBIR and STTR proposals must consider the Guidance for Faculty Participation in SBIR and STTR Programs

SBIR or STTR? Which One is Right for Me?

The team of Contracts & Clinical Trials Specialists in the Office of Sponsored Programs negotiate and execute these agreements on behalf of The Research Foundation for The SUNY. 

The applications must be received through myResearch Grants. Once awarded, a myResearch Agreements record will be created and shared with PIs by OSP. For questions, contact us at

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is a federally funded research program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. The most important role of a STTR is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is highly competitive federally funded research program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

To find out more about these programs: 

What federal agencies participate in STTR/SBIR programs? 

Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program and five federal agencies participate in the STTR program. A list of the agencies and links to their website can be located at:

What is the Indirect Cost Rate for STTR/SBIR Application? 

For Phase 1 proposals, the rate is 15% of total direct costs.  For Phase 2 and 3, the full federally-approved F&A rate is applied.