Participating Federal Agencies

Each year, federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate 2.5 percent of their extramural R&D budget to these programs. Each agency administers its own individual program within guidelines established by Congress. These 11 agencies designate R&D topics in their solicitations and accept proposals from small businesses. Awards from these participating federal agencies are made on a competitive basis after proposal evaluation.

In addition, five federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $1 billion are required to reserve 0.3% of the extramural research budget for STTR awards to small businesses. These agencies designate R&D topics and accept proposals: Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Science Foundation. Each agency administers its own individual program within guidelines established by Congress. These agencies designate R&D topics in their solicitations and accept proposals from small businesses. Awards are made on a competitive basis after proposal evaluation.

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