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?
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
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.