Program of state support for high-tech businesses.
We are talking about programs SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer), which provides grants for start-ups in the United States relating to small businesses.
I helped in the preparation of documents for a number of high-tech businesses in the program and is well versed in it. I will not go into the technical details, that there are so many, and will focus on the most interesting and useful aspects. But first a few words about these programs. SBIR program started working in 1982, and STTR since 1992. Between them, there are some differences, but the conditions for obtaining funding through them and operating principles are very similar. For convenience, I will refer to both of these programs only program SBIR / STTR.
The main objective of this program – to support business innovation and strengthening the role of the private sector in the development of innovations. Funding is provided from the federal budget. The agency acts as coordinator of the program for small business United States (US Small Business Administration). Program SBIR / STTR is implemented by eleven federal agencies: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health, national security, transportation, environmental protection, aeronautics and astronautics and science. As we see, here represented all major industries.
For businesses that want to participate in the program must meet the following requirements:
- – it should be a commercial enterprise that is situated in the US or exercising their activity in the United States;
- – more than 50% of the company’s capital must belong to residents of the United States;
- – number of employees can not exceed 500 people.
That is, if you have a partner in the United States, and they own more than half of the joint business, then your company can participate in this program.