The Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator™ is focused on accelerating research into market opportunities and societal benefits by supporting high-tech small businesses and collaborations among government, industry and academia.

In its seventh year, the Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator (aka MNSBIR) is the Governor’s designated resource to deliver confidential business and technical assistance to Minnesota firms to access federal SBIR/STTR investments.  Since its establishment in 2014, the Accelerator has assisted more than 45 companies to win more than $32M resulting in jobs, investments, patents, academic research partnerships and much more.

The Accelerator cannot guarantee funding; however, we can make the journey less stressful.  We focus on three federal agencies representing about $2.5B of funding in FY 2021: the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services z(NIH, FDA, CDC), and the National Science Foundation.  These agencies offer diverse research funding opportunities across the spectrum of science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.   Search research topics that match your research interests by visiting:

The Accelerator goals are:

  • increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals submitted (through outreach and financial support);
  • increase the number of SBIR/STTR awarded (through technical assistance and mentoring); and
  • prepare SBIR/STTR funded companies with commercialization success (through technical assistance, mentoring, and partnering with other organizations).
  • increase technology transfer opportunities from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and other institutions.

Financial Support:

The Accelerator is funded in part through a Federal and State Technology Partnership Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; the University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization, and the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, the Mayo Clinic, Office of Entrepreneurship and hosted by the Minnesota Technology Association.

Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program is a competitive program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses. It improves the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology, thereby helping keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and development in science and technology. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa may receive funding for an array of services (e.g., outreach and technical assistance) in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.