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):

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):

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: .

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.