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SBIR and STTR program guidelines stipulate that only small businesses may apply for funding. Universities are not eligible under federal law. The Principal Investigator (PI) for a SBIR grant must be employed more than 50% by the small business applying for the SBIR Grant and the PI may not be employed elsewhere on a full-time basis.
Since a SBIR small business applicant may choose to collaborate with a research institution and STTR programs (a small business applicant must subcontract a minimum of 30% of the proposed work to a collaborating research institution), opportunities are available for LSU faculty to participate in SBIR and STTR programs through subcontracts to LSU from the small business.
Additional information on the SBIR and STTR programs can be found at www.sbir.gov.