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SBIR & STTR Program: Supporting our innovators and technology entrepreneurs

SBIR & STTR Program: Supporting our innovators and technology entrepreneurs

Are you a small business owner in West Virginia struggling to bring your innovative ideas to life?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are here to help!

These federal programs provide funding opportunities for small businesses to conduct research and development that has the potential to create commercializable products and services. With millions of dollars in funding available, these programs can help your business take the next step in bringing your innovative ideas to the marketplace.

SBIR and STTR provide assistance to small businesses across a range of industries, including biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, and more. By participating in these programs, you’ll have access to a network of experts, resources, and funding to help you accelerate your business growth and success.

Additionally, the In-Tech program, designed to help small businesses innovate and grow through technology-focused consulting and training, is also available to those seeking to take their business to the next level.

With In-Tech, you’ll have access to a wide range of services tailored to your specific needs. Our experienced consultants can provide one-on-one coaching to help you identify opportunities and overcome challenges.

We offer training programs and workshops covering topics like market research, intellectual property, and digital marketing. And our network of partners and resources can help you find funding, connect with customers, and more.

"I’m so proud of these West Virginians who take their innovative ideas and create these life-changing products and companies. It’s an honor really, to play a role in their success."

Mary Hott, Innovation-Technology Program Manager

Hear about two of our many success stories with the SBIR – STTR Program:

Brian Joseph is the President and CEO of Touchstone Laboratories Research. He has used the program for decades now and loves to explain how the seed funding enabled him to build multiple research companies, spin off several new companies, and produce multiple patented processes and products, mostly for NASA and the US Air Force.

In-Tech is not just for tech startups. Any small business can benefit from our services, whether you’re in manufacturing, healthcare, retail, or any other industry. Our goal is to help you harness the power of technology to drive growth and success.

Dr. Lori Hazelhurst created Modulation Therapeutics. Dr. Hazlehurst success story begins with SBIR funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) specifically the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for their cancer research and treatment products. She recently received some matching funds support from the EII Fund.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are two of the driving forces behind economic growth, and they are essential for creating jobs and driving progress in today’s fast-paced world.

Small businesses, in particular, play a critical role in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, as they are often the primary drivers of economic growth and job creation in local communities and we can help.

Contact the West Virginia Small Business Development Center today to learn more about how SBIR and STTR can help your business thrive!

For questions about the fund, the application process, or additional ongoing SBIR/STTR support services, you are encouraged to contact the In-Tech Program Manager, Mary Hott, at or 304-380-3279.

WV SBDC is an accredited member of America’s SBDC, a federal partner with the SBA, and a division of the WV Department of Economic Development.

WV SBDC business coaches have professional certifications ranging from exporting, innovation, technology and economic development, to finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship.

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