SBDC Technology Services

From Concept to CEO:
Turning SUNY Student Research into Thriving Business

The New York SBDC can help you transform your ideas into products and services, whether you want to work on carburetors, computer chips, or capillaries.

Do you have an invention but are not sure how to bring it to the market place? The SBDC can help. Today, small businesses are responsible for a significant amount of innovation in regards to new products. More and more big companies are reducing their in-house R & D staffs and relying on outside small company sources, which creates great opportunities. If you are in the business of creating advanced products but have come up against a tough hurdle - technical or financial - talk it over with NYS Small Business Development Center's Technology Advisors.

The New York SBDC provides the following services for small businesses working with technology:

  • Provide consulting, training, research, and referrals to experts with industry expertise.
  • Identify relevant sources of financing – including venture capital groups, angel investors and other alternative financing entities.
  • Provide advice on the optimal business structure for your enterprise.
  • Provide advice on issues relating to intellectual property, licensing, trademark and copyright.
  • Provide advice about going public (IPO) or engaging in a merger, acquisition or leveraged buy-out.
  • Review and make recommendations about business, strategic and marketing plans and term sheets.
  • Review and provide advice about contracts and research agreements.
  • Assist with applications for state and federal R&D funding, include SBIR and STTR opportunities.
  • Identify appropriate partnerships with private, local and economic development organizations and state, federal, and university resources to ensure businesses have access to a full array of services.
  • Identify target markets and assist firms in bringing new products to market.
  • Provide advice about developing processes and design strategies for commercializing technologies.
  • Locate resources to consult, advise, analyze or test ideas.

The New York SBDC seeks out individuals with technical knowledge when hiring new staff and supports continuing education for existing staff in technology-related concepts to ensure the program can provide customized advisement to meet the needs of its clients. SBDC recognizes that companies implementing technology or working in a technology-based industry face a unique set of challenges, from obtaining capital necessary to fuel growth, to attracting and retaining skilled employees, to identifying new markets. The New York SBDC has a network of service centers throughout New York State staffed with business professionals with the knowledge to address these issues.

SBIR/STTR Programs for Small Business

The New York SBDC can help small businesses learn about opportunities in the SBIR/ STTR programs and help them prepare proposals for the programs.

The objectives of the SBIR/STTR programs are to stimulate technological innovation, to strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs, and to increase private sector commercialization of innovations developed through Federal research and development. All federal agencies with an extramural research budget of $100 million or more must set aside a percentage of their research dollars for awards to small businesses and individuals.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive three-phase award system which provides qualified small businesses with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific research and research and development needs of the Federal government. Ten agencies currently participate in the SBIR program that allows for-profit small businesses to submit competitive proposals.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is a sister program to the SBIR, with virtually the same structure and application process. The most significant difference between the two programs is that, while qualified non-profit research institutions or universities may cooperate in an SBIR project, they must collaborate on STTR projects. Five agencies currently participate in the STTR program.

As you would expect, each federal agency has their own rules for doing things, with different topics for bidding, different competition deadlines, different methods of preparing and accepting proposals, etc. Just because one agency does it one way, don't assume others will do it the same way.  

To learn more about the SBIR and STTR programs, go to

2016 SBIR Schedule

Access current news and bid resources for SBIR/STTR opportunities at

Note: Dates are subject to change by the agencies





Department of Agriculture

2 Jul. 2016

8 Oct. 2016

Department of Commerce




15 Dec. 2015 
13 Nov. 2015

29 Feb. 2016 
13 Feb. 2016

Department of Defense: (solicitations typically posted at least 30 days prior to opening)

1. DoD 16.1
2. DoD 16.2
3. DoD 16.3

11 Jan. 2016
21 May 2016
26 Sep. 2016

17 Feb. 2016
22 Jun. 2016
26 Oct. 2016 

Department of Education:
          1. contracts
          2. grants

7 Dec 2015
15 Jan. 2016

21 Jan. 2016
3 Mar. 2016

Department of Energy  

30 Nov. 2015
17 Aug. 2016

9 Feb. 2016
19 Oct. 2016

Dept of Health & Human Services (NIH, CDC, FDA):

1. PHS/NIH (grants)
         (AIDS- related topics due
                         7th of following month)
2. PHS/NIH (contracts)

17 Jan. 2016 

14 Aug. 2016 

5 Apr. 2016 
5 Sep. 2016 
5 Jan. 2016 
13 Nov. 2016 

Homeland Security     2016.1

16 Dec. 2015
14 Apr. 2016

20 Jan. 2016
21 May 2016

Department of Transportation 2016-1

14 Oct. 2016

15 Dec. 2016

Environmental Protection Agency

3 Nov. 2015

12 Jan. 2016


13 Nov. 2015

27 Jan. 2016

NSF     2016.2

8 Nov. 2015
16 May 2016

8 Dec. 2015
16 Jun. 2016

DOE Phase II only, opens Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Closes Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:59pm ET

STTR 2015 Phase II Proposal Period
only STTR 2015 Phase I awardees eligible to apply

May 06, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

Navy Next Solicitation SBIR FY-2016.2-STTR FY2016.B                  Release:  22 Apr 2016
 Opens:    23 May 2016  - Closes:    22 Jun 2016 

Phase I Schedule for FY 2016 Awards   2/02/2016 Solicitation Release - 04/14/2016 Solicitation Close
Phase II Schedule for FY 2016 Awards (FY2015 Phase I Awardees) - 02/18/2016 FFO opens (provides Phase II proposals instructions) 05/05/2016 Phase II Proposals Due (closes)
FY2017 Program Solicitation             12/18/2016 FY2017 Solicitation Release
02/02/2017 FY2017 Solicitation Close


Request for Information – NOAA 2017-0                               Opens March 3, 2016 – Closes April 29, 2016
The NOAA SBIR Program Office is seeking information to better understand the scientific community and small business concerns associated with the environmental industry, as well as improve our SBIR solicitation process.

SBIR Resource Center - 5 Linda Lane - Severna Park, MD 21146
Phone: 410-315-8101 – Fax: 410-315-9560 – Email:


SBIR Resource Center - 5 Linda Lane - Severna Park, MD 21146
Phone: 410-315-8101 – Fax: 410-315-9560 – Email: