GETTING STARTED: COMMERCIALIZATION FAQS
What is a TRL level?
A TRL level, or Technology Readiness Level, is the government’s way of determining how mature your technology is. The key here is to be honest and clear about your development - it isn’t about getting to the highest level possible, but really about making sure that your technology is a good fit for the type of research the funding agency is looking to perform. For more info, CLICK HERE.
Where can I find government funding opportunities?
The following is not by any means an exhaustive list. But these are some good places to start!
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/
SBIR/STTR - what are they and what is the difference?
Two of the most critical vehicles for government R&D funding are SBIRs and STTRs. The following link provides a great synopsis of these programs and their differences. Below that you can see a quick summary of SBIR phases: https://www.sbir.gov/tutorials/program-basics/tutorial-3 .
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.