FY2021 Federal Research and Development (R&D) Funding

Federal R&D funding exceeds $150B each fiscal year!  In the case of SBIR/STTR funding, the expected amount of funding for FY21 is $4B!  A small slice of the overall pie; however, it is an extremely important source of funding for startups and existing firms to bring new technological innovations to the marketplace. Although our focus is on the SBIR/STTR programs, we often get involved in other federal R&D funding opportunities.  To read more federal R&D funding, visit: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R46341.pdf

About the SBIR/STTR Programs

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.  

About SBIR Programs
About STTR Programs

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