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. Read the official announcement.

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


2024 Training Schedule

Events are open to all and no cost to attend. Registration is required.


Virtual SBIR/STTR Lunch and Learn Series

The government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. Join our series and find out how these two programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and guidance on how to get started and how to best prepare.

Register Here for Intro Series


SBIR/STTR - ABC's (An Introduction)
January 11, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

This session discusses how these two programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial idea development and proof of market potential. Covers eligibility requirements, participating agencies, the differences between SBIR and STTR, and more.


SBIR/STTR Registrations: Getting Ready to Submit
January 18, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

One of the most critical details in preparing SBIR and STTR proposals has nothing to do with writing the proposal – it’s getting registered so that you can submit the proposal.  This webinar helps take the mystery out of registrations with tips on how to get started, where to register for what and how to get help.


How to Prepare a Budget for Your SBIR/STTR Proposal
January 25, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

This focused session will cover important considerations in budget development, including what costs need to be included, how to write a budget justification, and what indirect rate should be used.



National Institutes of Heath (NIH) Proposal Prep

Is your company considering or planning on submitting a proposal for SBIR/STTR funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?  If you are targeting the April 5th submission deadline, you better start the process now!  During this workshop series, our experts will provide important information about SBIR/STTR funding and how to craft a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal that meets the unique requirements of the NIH, in addition to up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR programs.

Register Here for NIH Workshops


SBIR/STTR and NIH Overview
February 27, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

This session provides an overview of the SBIR/STTR program and review of NIH Program Essentials.


Company Registrations and Proposal Budget
February 28, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

This session covers required registrations to submit an NIH SBIR/STTR proposal and details about NIH proposal budgets.


NIH Proposal Prep - Part 1
February 29, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

This session offers a detailed explanation of specific aims and reserach strategy for a proposal and NIH review criteria.


NIH Proposal Prep - Part 2
March 1, 2024 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (ET) | Virtual

This session covers other critical details of the proposal: the importance of your team, human subject research, facilities, and other components.


Additional workshop topics will be added throughout the spring.
Check back soon for a full schedule!


What is FOSTER?


Recording Library


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



Contact Information

Marc Eichenberger
Associate Vice President and Chief Business Development and Innovation Officer
(603) 862-5446


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