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!

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/



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.