Tools and additional resources

Here are some helpful free resources and some paid tools that may be worth the investment to you.

Preparing a DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I grant application: Application instructions, commercialization plan examples, guidance for indirect rate submissions, level of effort worksheets and more.

Preparing a NASA SBIR/STTR Phase I & II grant: Application instructions, SBIR/STTR project timeline, phases of funding, identified benefits and needs of the SBIR/STTR program.

SBIR program overview and proposal explanation: Application instructions, agency introductions, and a general overview of what the SBIR program has to offer.

AFWERX SBIR/STTR FAQs for Air Force grant programs: Overview of the two small business grant programs offered by the United States Air Force.

NIH Phase 0 support: Covers how to gather funding and how to construct a pitch, how to utilize the NIH’s resources to your advantage, and how to construct a functioning high-tech small business.

Navy Phase III Guidebook: SBIR/STTR Phase III guidance is intended to be utilized by Program Managers (PMs) and Deputy Program Managers (DPMs); Procuring and Administrative Contracting Officers (KOs); and small business professionals to realize mission objectives, program requirements, and small business goals.

NIH technical and business assistance needs assessment: The TABA Needs Assessment Report provides a third party, unbiased assessment of a Phase I project’s progress in technical and business areas that are critical to success in the competitive healthcare marketplace. It analyzes the current state of your Phase I project and identifies strengths and weaknesses.

DOE SBIR applicant resources: Extensive coverage of the process behind applying for a DOE-specific SBIR/STTR grant and the many questions that potential applicants may have.

TurboSBIR: This is a paid tool to help you find awards that fit your situation; prepare and submit a proposal, and maximize your funding. They also provide a platform to work with your team members, samples of winning submissions, templates and access to grant writers. There are different payment models starting around $500.

SBIR Studio: SBIR proposal samples for NSF, NIH, NASA and DOE for around $30 to $40.

Online SBIR and STTR tutorials from This is an extensive collection of multimedia tutorials covering all of the information you’ll need for the application process, including the details about the nuances of the individual agency’s programs.

NASA sample proposals and contract deliverables: Templates and samples to aid in the preparation of deliverables.

NIH sample applications: Sample “exceptional” NIH applications and summary statements.

Salary validation for budget: National occupational and wage information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NIH SBIR/STTR forms annotated: A detailed walk-through of all of the e-series forms required for NIH SBIR and STTR applications.

NIH Applicant Assistance Program (AAP): This program serves underrepresented entrepreneurs in the biomedical sciences applying for Phase I funding and provides mentoring, application preparation support and review.

DOE Phase 0 assistance program: Free application assistance for first time DOE SBIR and STTR applicants.