Eligibility

Eligibility

A small business concern is one that, at the time of award of SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II, meets all of the below criteria, as well as the Phase I to Phase II Transition Benchmark Rate.

  • Is organized for profit, with a place of business located in the U.S., which operates primarily within the U.S. or which makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor;
  • Is in the legal form of an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, joint venture, association, trust, or cooperative, except that where the form is a joint venture, there must be less than 50 percent participation by foreign business entities in the joint venture;
  • SBIR and STTR. Be a concern which is more than 50% directly owned and controlled by one or more individuals (who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the U.S.), other business concerns (each of which is more than 50% directly owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the U.S.), or any combination of these; OR
  • (ii) SBIR-only. Be a concern which is more than 50% owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, or any combination of these. No single venture capital operating company, hedge fund, or private equity firm may own more than 50% of the concern; OR
  • (iii) SBIR and STTR. Be a joint venture in which each entity to the joint venture must meet the requirements set forth in paragraph 3 (i) or 3 (ii) of this section. A joint venture that includes one or more concerns that meet the requirements of paragraph (ii) of this section must comply with ยง 121.705(b) concerning registration and proposal requirements.

*Always refer to solicitations for final eligibility requirements and Benchmark Rates. Learn more: https://www.sbir.gov/faqs/eligibility-requirements