Learn About America’s Seed Fund

For 40 years, America’s Seed Fund has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.  

The SBIR and STTR programs fund a diverse portfolio of startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets to stimulate technological innovation, meet Federal research and development (R&D) needs, and increase commercialization to transition R&D into impact.

The SBIR and STTR programs foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by all people, including women, people of color, people with disabilities, and entrepreneurs located in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

SBIR/STTR Policy Directive 

Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program based on their level of extramural R&D budgets that exceed $100M.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA, and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Environment Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

Five federal agencies participate in the STTR program as a result of their extramural R&D budgets that exceed $1B.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA, and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation