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Who can apply for an SBIR grant?

Christina Hernandez Sherwood, eMed Editor, MedCity News

Who can apply for an SBIR grant?

Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) grants can be a key source of funding for early-stage entrepreneurs ahead of seeking out venture capital and other types of investors, who would take shares of the company away from the founder.

Only U.S.-based small businesses are eligible for SBIR grants. Startups must meet these qualifications:

  • American-owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • Employing 500 people or fewer
  • Principal researcher employed by the business

See the full SBIR Eligibility Guide for more detailed information.

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