Solicitations play an important role in making the general public aware of funding opportunities available to the small businesses of the nation. Participating Federal Agencies post these funding opportunities on a regular periodic basis throughout the year associated to SBIR/STTR.

To become involved with the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, small businesses can compete by submitting solicited proposals to these agencies. A winner in the competitive solicitation process is awarded a grant or contract. The SBIR/STTR program does not fund unsolicited proposals (proposals that do not refer to and address a specific topic in a current agency SBIR/STTR solicitation). Although they have some similarities, the solicitation guidelines are actually quite different, especially between agencies that provide their awards as grants and those that use contracts.

NOTE: The Solicitations and topics listed on this site are copies from the various SBIR agency solicitations and are not necessarily the latest and most up-to-date. Scroll down to “Agencies” for more information.



National Science Foundation   24-Jun-2019 12-Dec-2019
Department of Commerce:  NOAA   25-Nov-2019 27-Jan-2020
Department of Energy   12-Nov-2019 16-Dec-2019 24-Feb-2020
Department of Homeland Security 13-Nov-2019 18-Dec-2019 22-Jan-2020
Department of Defense:  FY20.1 10-Dec-2019 14-Jan-2020 26-Feb-2020
Department of Defense:  FY20.A 10-Dec-1910-Dec-2019 14-Jan-2020 26-Feb-2020
Department of Defense: FY X20.A 10-Dec-2019 14-Jan-2020 12-Feb-2020
Department of Education     Mid-Jan-2020 Mar-2020
Department of Commerce: NIST   16-Jan-2020 3-Apr-2020
Department of Transportation   17-Jan-2020  20-Mar-2020
National Aeronautics and Space Administration    18-Jan-2020   21-Jan-2020 20-Mar-2020
Department of Defense:  FY20.2 22-Apr-2020  20-May-2020 17-Jun-2020
Department of Defense:  FY20.B 22-Apr-2020  20-May-2020 17-Jun-2020
Environmental Protection Agency   Jun-2020 July-2020
Department of Agriculture     23-July-2020  01-Oct-2020
Department of Defense:  FY20.3 25-Aug-2020   23-Sep-2020 22-Oct-2020
Department of Defense:  FY20.C 25-Aug-2020   23-Sep-2020 22-Oct-2020

*This table was last updated on 11-20-2019. Some solicitation dates are estimates and will be updated once an exact date is known.

*ED/IES SBIR anticipates releasing its 2020 Phase I solicitation in mid-January 2020, with a due date 45 days later

*The next EPA SBIR solicitation is scheduled to open in June 2020


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