FOSTER (FOcused SBIR/STTR Teaching, Equity and Results)

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FOSTER Program Overview

UNHInnovation is leading a U.S. Small Business Administration initiative called FOSTER (FOcused SBIR/STTR Teaching, Equity and Results) to increase proposals for SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grants in the state of New Hampshire. SBIR and STTR grants represent a valuable source of non-dilutive funding for New Hampshire (NH) small technology businesses with less than 500 employees. FOSTER also includes an important mandate to support underserved communities such as women- and minority-owned businesses, rural as well as socially-economically disadvantaged companies.

SBIR and STTR grants represent an approximate $4 billion program annually and are issued by most U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense (DOD), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), to name three. Grants are issued in phases, used to support research and development and can total more than $1 million each

FOSTER offers small NH businesses a variety of services including grant identification, training, advice and proposal support. For select companies, a competitive microgrant program is available to offer direct grant proposal assistance. All services are free.

The SBIR/STTR program represents a great way for companies to receive needed capital to develop and build their products. To learn more, please contact the FOSTER team at


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Upcoming Events
All events are being held virtually  - 
All events are free but registration is required


Turning Your Innovation into a Business

Sep 20, 27, Oct 4  | 12:00 - 1:00pm

Are you an inventor, engineer, or developer with a brilliant idea for a business? Or do you want to commercialize that idea or get an SBIR/STTR grant to do additional R&D?


If so, this webinar series is for you!  Join us for Turning Your Innovation into a Businesshosted by UNH Innovation and the NH Small Business Development Center. The topics will help you establish a business mindset. With this foundational information, you can then work on developing your business with the NH SBDC and UNH Innovation.

Topics for this 3-part online workshop series are:

Getting from Idea to Business 
Generating Revenue Beyond SBIR/STTR 
Patenting Apps and Software:  U.S. Patent Practice

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Recorded Sessions:


September 22, 2021 - Getting from Idea to Business


September 29, 2021 - Generating Revenue Beyond SBIR/STTR

October 28, 2021 - Protecting Your IP - Patenting Apps and Software