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Hawaiʻi Small Business Innovation Research Program (HSBIR) Grants

The Hawaiʻi Small Business Innovation Research Program (HSBIR) provides matching grants to help companies further develop new products to solve critical issues. Applicants must have received federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants or contracts to qualify for the state matching grant program. The HSBIR programs provides up to 50% match for companies receiving SBIR awards. Companies may apply also for reimbursement for grant writing costs for their initial grant application (Phase 0).

Funding Amounts in 2024

Applications Received


Companies Funded


Grants Awarded

$2.5 M

Federal Awards

$31 M

How to Apply

Opening Dates and Deadlines

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Eligible companies must:
  • Be registered to do business in Hawaiʻi
  • Be compliant in Hawaiʻi Compliance Express (HCE)
  • Have project work done in Hawaiʻi
  • Have received an active SBIR/STTR grant within the past 12 months
  • Agree to complete NIST MEP and HTDC impact metrics surveys
  • Agree to participate in Innovate HI’s entrepreneurship and SBIR/STTR programming and events
  • Previously awarded companies who do not complete either required surveys or do not participate in any Innovate HI programming / events, will not be considered for funding. Upon successful completion of the next round of surveys (next survey release is TBD), the company will then be eligible to apply for funding.

How Applications Are Scored

  • Application criteria includes team, company, need, commercial potential, and economic impact to the State and will be scored by a review committee. See the scoresheet that we use.
  • First time and neighbor island applicants will be given priority, as well as projects focused on DBEDT priority areas: IT/software, manufacturing/value added agriculture, defense, creative media, aquaculture, and renewable energy.
  • View the HSBIR program administrative rules.


If you have questions, please email

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Funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration FAST grant