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.

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Where do I find government funding opportunities?



Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Defense(DOD):

Opportunities at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA):

Doing Business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):

Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS):

SBIR/STTR Opportunities at the National Institute of Health (NIH):

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP):

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.

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