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Plan to Revitalize American Manufacturing and Strengthen Supply Chains

On the anniversary of President Biden signing the Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains directing a whole-of-government approach to strengthen the resilience of critical supply chains, the White House highlighted SBA actions to expand access to capital and advance technological leadership through an inaugural America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo (stay tuned for more) and enhancing access to capital for small manufacturers through Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman praised action plans by the Departments of Defense, Transportation, Energy, Homeland Security, Commerce and Health and Human Services, and described SBA’s efforts working across the Federal Government “to ensure our 32.5 million small businesses and startups can get the resources they need to continue to innovate and deliver the products and services we depend on and need to enhance America’s global competitiveness.”  

SBA Recognizes and Celebrates Black History Month

As we close National Black History Month, the SBA highlights resources, funding, and training that Black small business owners can leverage to launch, grow, expand, or recover. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman commemorated the occasion in a statement acknowledging the inequities and systemic barriers to capital and resources that Black business owners have faced in starting and growing their ventures. “At the SBA, we remain committed to breaking down barriers to accessing capital, networks, and markets and to bringing new investments and resources to Black communities across this nation.”

USPTO Seeking Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Nominations for the 2022 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI) are now open until May 20. The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the president of the U.S., and is awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America’s economic, environmental and social well-being. Learn more about the nomination process here, or join a live webinar March 9.

SBIR News & Updates

DHS SBIR Seeks Solutions to Detect Survivors in a Building Collapse; Respond by March 16

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program seeks information on technologies that can detect trapped survivors in collapsed buildings and voids via an Other Agency Technology Solutions (OATS) Request for Information (RFI). Eligible submissions must leverage previous SBIR or STTR Phase I, Phase II, or Phase III awards from a federal agency. Learn more from the Deconstructing SBIR webinar series.

National Academies Release Report Assessing NIH SBIR/STTR Programs

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported the development of 99 drugs from 1996-2020 — a total that includes 16 percent of all such treatments that made a “significant” advance over available medicines. This finding is just one of the impacts that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) attributes to the program in a new report. Read more about the report here.

100+ organizations ask Congress to reauthorize SBIR/STTR

SSTI and the Small Business Technology Council circulated a letter to Congress calling for reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The letter has been signed by more than 100 organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Angel Capital Association, Association of University Research Parks and dozens of state and local economic development organizations.

Events & Education

Introduction to the SBIR/STTR Programs | March 8, 12:00 PM (ET) | Register.

accelHERate, an online meeting where women who are excelling in research, innovation, and business will share lessons learned and advice for leading companies. | March 8, 1:00 – 2:30 PM (ET) | Register.

Investment Funding II: Engaging with Investors, NIA & NHLBI Entrepreneur Workshop Series | March 8, 3:00 PM (ET) | Register

National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Deep Dive Sessions | March 10, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (ET) | Register.

SXSW 2022: Startups and Government: Unlocking $4B in Funding, an in-person event where you can learn about funds coming from the SBA, Army, NSF, NASA and more. Watch out for more info about connecting to Department of Defense innovation funding at the Capital Factory house during SXSW| March 12, 10:00 AM (ET) | More info.

ICYMI: National Entrepreneurship Week was February 12 – 19. Watch the recordings to hear from SBA leadership and innovation leaders from DOE, DHS, NASA, NSF, and many other agencies on Federal Entrepreneurship Day panels (morning and afternoon) and Funding & Finance Friday kicked off with leaders from SBA, SEC, and Treasury.

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R&D Spotlight

Use the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Exchange to Find Potential Research Partners

NASA hosts the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Exchange, a tool that supports your search for innovative and diverse academic collaborators by curating STEM offerings and capability statements of MSIs nationwide. The MSI Exchange can inform partnerships for teaming opportunities and competitive federal awards such as contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants. STTR and even SBIR proposers may find this tool useful for identifying partners to help them propel their next idea.

White House Releases Critical and Emerging Technologies List Update

This updated critical and emerging technologies (CET) list identifies areas of potential significance to the future of America’s national security and technological competitiveness. The release includes broader categories, such as artificial intelligence and biotechnologies, as well as more specific technologies within each category. Read more about the CET list, which was developed to help inform a forthcoming strategy.

DOE Reorganizes to Advance Clean Energy Breakthroughs and Support Market-Ready Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new organizational structure to facilitate the implementation of clean energy investments from the bipartisan infrastructure act. DOE will have two new leadership positions: Under Secretary for Infrastructure (which will also be responsible for new offices on grid infrastructure, community energy and supply chains) and Under Secretary for Science and Innovation. Additionally, a new Clean Energy Corps is hiring industry experts to research and develop solutions to climate change. A chart illustrating DOE’s new organizational structure can be found here.

Local Assistance – Meet FAST

The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program funded 33 organizations this year, building the SBIR/STTR ecosystem through outreach, technical assistance, and financial support. Meet two of the FAST awardees:

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a higher-education-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned, with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation.

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business funding and incentives and offers advanced industries accelerator programs in support of Colorado’s seven advanced industries.

Find local assistance near you at:

SBIR Success – Dr. Lonnie Johnson, National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Dr. Lonnie Johnson is an inventor and the founder of Johnson Research & Development Co., Inc., which works to bring advanced technology to the toy and consumer products industries, along with several other companies such as Excellatron Solid State, LLC, which is introducing innovative and enabling energy storage technology that can be used in many applications and processes. Dr. Johnson’s companies have won Phase I and II awards from the Departments of Energy, Defense, Air Force and Navy. Johnson worked for NASA and the Air Force where he was commended with several awards and medals from both groups in the early and late 1980’s. He has continued inventing new products such as new rechargeable battery technology that is smaller in size but more powerful than the average battery by developing thermodynamic energy that converts thermal energy into electrical energy. Dr. Johnson is a 2022 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee and member of the USPTO Council for Inclusive Innovation.

Get inspired by more SBIR company stories at and learn about the 2020 Tibbetts Award winners at Watch out for the call to nominate the next Tibbetts Awards winners, exemplifying the best in SBIR!

SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

Find more funding opportunities and specific topic areas at


National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • FY22 SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II opened on 1/11/2022. Project Pitches are always accepted.
  • Submission window close dates are 3/3/2022, 6/30/2022, and 10/26/2022.

Dept. of Defense (DoD)All open topics

DoD Annual SBIR 22.4 / STTR 22.D

Army SBIR – Topics opened 1/27/2022 and close on 3/1/2022.

  • A224-001: Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Additive Manufacturing (AM) Part Selection
  • A224-002: Armament System AI Data Logger & Architecture
  • A224-003: Self-Contained Personnel Safety Systems for People in and Around Autonomous Vehicles


  • HR0011SB20224-02: Resilient Chemical Manufacturing. Currently in pre-release, allowing questions to topic authors. Opens on 3/8/2022 and closes on 4/7/2022.
  • HR0011SB20224-01: Sustainable Reef Starters – opened 2/15/2022, closes 3/17/2022.
  • HR0011SB20224-03: Passive Acoustic Subwavelength Resonator (PASR) – opened 2/15/2022, closes 3/17/2022.
  • HR0011ST2022D-01: Biologically Driven High-Resolution Assembly of Flexible Light-Emitting Display – opened 2/9/2022, closes 3/15/2022.

Space Development Agency – Opened 2/22/2022, closes 4/12/2022.

  • SDA224-001: Integrated Architecture Technology

Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS)

More funding opportunities from across HHS.

Dept. of Energy (DOE) – ARPA-E

  • DE-FOA-0001954: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR – Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED) – Full Application deadline 4/5/2022.
  • DE-FOA-0002708: Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery SBIR/STTR (MINER SBIR/STTR) – Concept Paper deadline 4/15/2022.



Dept. of Commerce (DOC) – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY2022 Program Solicitation.

Dept. of Defense (DoD) – Joint DoD SBIR 22.2 / STTR 22.B is tentatively scheduled to enter pre-release on 4/20/2022, open on 5/18/2022, and close on 6/15/2022.



Dept. of Transportation (DOT)

  • FY 2022 SBIR solicitation opened on 2/7/2022 and closes on 3/7/2022.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • FY 2022 SBIR and STTR solicitations opened on 1/6/2022 and close on 3/9/2022.
  • Missed the “Dissecting the Solicitations” webinar? Visit the event page or resource library.

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About SBA Office of Innovation and Technology

The U.S. Small Business Administration serves as the coordinating agency for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs – also known as America’s Seed Fund. SBA also manages the related Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program and Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Learn more at