The Small Business Administration has just launched a series of new online tutorials for small business owners seeking federal research & development funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIRs new, revamped site now provides users with a mobile-compatible access to learn about the program through a combination of videos and text. There is no registration or fee required and the courses are open to all.
The tutorials are designed to make grants for the SBIR and STTR programs more readily accessible and understandable to underserved markets and young entrepreneurs attempting to use those programs. Hopefully, we will be able to broaden our market and create awareness for people who dont know that these programs exist, Beth Goldberg, SBA NY District Director, told TNJ.com.
She added, “The tutorials are user-friendly and can be accessed either on a computer or a mobile phone.”
John Millano, Deputy Director of the NY District Office of the SBA, agreed with the user-friendly aspect. For some people, visual learning is much easier than sifting through pages of governmental, procedural paperwork. And since everything is online these days, the whole point of these tutorials is for the videos to show applicants how to apply for the grants online. We hope they will create less confusion, so that everyone will have the opportunity to apply, Millano told TNJ.com.
According to Goldberg, New York companies received 275 research grants for $100 million during all of 2015 and part of 2016 from both the SBIR and STTR programs.