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SBA Introduces New Online Tutorials for Small Businesses Seeking Federal R&D Funding

Learning about technology funding opportunities just got a little easier for small business owners.  Thanks to a series of newly released online tutorials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, technology companies seeking federal research and development funding are now able to do so with an easier entry to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The revamped site,, now provides users with a mobile-compatible access to learn about the program through a combination of videos and text. The platform will also provide and boost accessible program information and training resources to underrepresented areas.  There is no registration or fee required and the courses are open to all.

“SBA has pulled together resources from across the federal government, providing them in a format easily accessible on mobile devices, while allowing users to just select the information they need.” said Mark Walsh, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation. “We are excited to introduce these tutorials and know that there are many small businesses in urban and rural communities as well as young entrepreneurs who are simply unaware of this amazing program.”

“With 52 modules housed within 10 courses, the platform addresses topics relevant to small businesses that are new to the SBIR/STTR programs and companies that have previously received SBIR funding,” added Walsh. “These courses will help the SBA provide timely and accurate information about the programs to our entrepreneurs regardless of their geographic location or ability to attend one of our conferences or SBIR Road Tour events.” Topics include:

  • Agency differences
  • Registration requirements
  • SBIR Data Rights
  • Accounting
  • How to find partners

Walsh also noted that additional topics are being developed for future tutorials. Tools, resources, links and quizzes accompany each tutorial to help users navigate the process of applying for and winning federal awards.

According to SBA New Jersey District Director Al Titone, New Jersey companies received 123 research grants for $42 million during all of 2015 and part of 2016 from both the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

“The combination of both these programs injects $2.5 billion annually into small, innovative and nimble firms across the nation” said Titone.  “The mission of each program is to support R&D in technical areas that align with American priorities, and build a strong national economy to meet the pressing needs of the federal government. Currently, there are 11 federal agencies with SBIR/STTR programs.”

“New Jersey has a rich history of developing and bringing new technologies to the marketplace,” added Titone. “It only makes sense to invest in programs that help stimulate technological innovation and encourage small businesses to contribute to the goal of developing technology that eventually finds its way into every day products and applications. It’s good for our nation’s economy and it’s good for New Jersey.”

Small firms that want to learn more about SBA’s Online Tutorials can visit

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