- The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, like SBIR, was mandated by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, PL102-564. STTR was established in FY94 and has been reauthorized through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The CBD STTR budget is determined by a set-aside of 0.45% of the Joint Chemical and Biological Defense Program extramural RDT&E budget. STTR was established as a companion program to the SBIR program, and is executed in essentially the same manner; however, there are distinct differences.
- STTR has the same objectives as SBIR regarding the involvement of small businesses in federal R&D and the commercialization of their innovative technologies. However, the STTR program mandates participation with a Research Institute (RI). The RI may be a university, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), or another not-for-profit research institution.
- Each STTR proposal must be submitted by a team, to include the small business (as the prime contractor for contracting purposes) and at least one Research Institute (as the subcontractor). The project must be structured so the small business performs at least 40% of the planned work (by dollar value) and the Research Institute(s) performs at least 30% of the work.
- CBD STTR projects will be fully funded in Phase I with a maximum dollar amount of $150,000 per proposal for a six-month Period of Performance. There will be no Phase I Option. Phase II has a maximum dollar value of $1,000.000 for a two-year Period of Performance.