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AMERICA'S SEED FUND|SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
✤ Stimulate technological innovation.
✤ Foster technology transfer through cooperative R&D between small businesses and research institutions.
✤ Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D.
Small, independent, for-profit US firms who meet the size, ownership and control requirements of the program
in collaboration with
Scientific or educational nonprofit institution or Federally-Funded R&D Center
Business Retains Control of
✤ Company Team
PHASE I: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Six (6) month phase that allow the business to explore its product-market fit, determine technology’s feasibility design and test prototypes, identify relevant legal or regulatory issues and develop a plan to scale and market its technology. Funds awarded range between $100,000 - $150,000.
PHASE II: PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT
Projects with commercial potential, continue research and development efforts initiated in Phase I. Awards are for two (2) years and range between $750,000 - $1,000,000.
PHASE III: COMMERICIALIZATION
Unfunded phase where small business pursues commercialization objectives resulting from Phase I and Phase II Research and Development activities.
NOTE: Sponsoring agencies do have flexibility in their execution of the program. Therefore, it is critical to carefully review the specific sponsor's funding opportunity announcement prior to applying.
Lead Organization/Principal Investigator(PI)
The STTR program requires collaboration between a small business and a nonprofit research institution. The small business must serve as the applicant organization. The PI must devote at least 10% effort to the project.
ASU Participation as Collaborator
The small business must do at least 40% of the work and the collaborating research institution another 30%. The remaining 30% may be used for work done by the small business, the collaborating nonprofit research institution and/or other subcontractors and consultants.
Agreement between Small Business and ASU
Prior to the sponsor issuing an award, there must be an agreement between the small business concern and the research institution (ASU) concerning the allocation of property and commerical rights. To initiate an agreement, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should read: "Allocation of Rights Agreement"
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List of participating Federal Agencies
Grant or contract, depending on the sponsoring agency
About STTR and/or the individual agency's STTR page
Initiate a STTR Subcontract Proposal
Contact your unit Research Advancement Administrator (RA)