Phase I programs generally provide 6 months of funding for proof of concept research or research & development (depending on agency). Typical funding range is $100,000 to $300,000 depending on agency and topic.
Phase II programs generally provide 24 months of funding to bring the concept to the brink of commercialization. Typical funding range is $400,000 to $1,000,000 depending on agency and topic.
Fast-Track is a combined Phase I and Phase II award. NIH is the primary agency offering a fast-track option. NSF does not offer fast-track. For other agencies, please check their annual program announcement and/or solicitations.
Direct-to-Phase II is available from some agencies. Please check individual agency program announcements and solicitations for availability, qualifications, and requirements .
TABA-DTA is Technical and Business Assistance, also referred to as Discretionary Technical Assistance depending on agency. For more on this see below.
|Agency||Phase I||Phase II||TABA-DTA|
|Dept of Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)||$100k||$600k||$6,500/$50k|
|Dept of Defense||$100-225k*||$750k-1m*||up to $6,500/|
up to $50k*
|Dept of Education (IES)||$200k||$900k||–|
|Dept of Energy||$225k||$1.5m||$6,500/$50k|
|Dept of Homeland Security||$100-150k*||$750k-$1m||$6,500/$50k|
|NIST (Dept of Commerce)||$100k||$400k||$6,500/$6500|
|NOAA (Dept of Commerce)||$150k||$400k||–|
|Dept of Transportation||$150k||$1m||$5k/$10k|
* Depending on Agency
Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) funding was introduced 2019, as part of the McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Before 2019, some agencies provided “Discretionary Technical Assistance” or “Direct Technical Assistance” (DTA) funds or programs to SBIR-STTR recipients. The success of those programs led to legislation funding broader adoption, as well as a renaming.
Some agencies have a dedicated TABA/DTA provider but an increasing number of agencies allow SBIR-STTR recipients to select their own TABA provider. SAGE is a qualified TABA/DTA provider.
In some cases, TABA provides funds above and beyond funding limits. In other cases, TABA must be budgeted into the funding limits. There is currently no uniformity across agencies. The only way to find out if is to check the agency program solicitation, check the solicitation FAQs, or contact the program officer.
Confusing? Yes. But SAGE can help. We know the system and can work with you to maximize available funding.