Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a U.S. government program in which federal agencies with large research and development budgets, such as the Department of Energy, set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions among small businesses only. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology. SBIR projects have three distinct phases. Phase I explores the feasibility of innovative concepts. Only Phase I award winners may compete for Phase II, the principal R&D effort over a two-year period. For the Phase III award, non-federal capital is used by the small business to pursue commercial applications of the R&D. Also under Phase III, federal agencies may award non-SBIR-funded follow-on grants or contracts for products or processes that meet the mission needs of those agencies or for further R&D.
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