Getting Started:

Commercialization FAQs

What is a TRL level?

A TRL level, or Technology Readiness Level, is the assessment of how mature your technology is. It is also used in calls for proposals as a way for the government to indicate what type of technology they are looking to fund.

For an overview and more information, look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_readiness_level


Where do I find government funding opportunities?

SBIR/STTR: https://www.sbir.gov/

FedBizOpps: https://www.fbo.gov/

Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Defense(DOD): https://dod.defense.gov/Resources/Contract-Resources/

Opportunities at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA): https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities

Doing Business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): https://www.nasa.gov/office/procurement/doingbusiness

https://www.nasa.gov/solve/index.html

Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): https://www.hhs.gov/grants/small-business-programs/index.html

Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS): https://www.dhs.gov/do-business-dhs

SBIR/STTR Opportunities at the National Institute of Health (NIH): https://sbir.nih.gov/about/three-phase-program

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP): https://cdmrp.army.mil/


What is an SBIR/STTR?

Two of the most critical vehicles for funding government R&D are the SBIR/STTR programs. The basic structure is as follows:

Phase I: This is the startup phase for exploration of technical feasibility and merit. Awards are up to $150,000 for approximately 6 months.

Phase II: This is for scaling R&D work and beginning to evaluate its commercial viability. Awards are up to $1 million for up to 2 years.

Phase III: Commercialization and transfer of data rights.

Click this link to find more information: https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials/program-basics/tutorial-3.