Funding to Help Hawaii Businesses

HTDC provides a variety of funding programs to support research & development, manufacturing growth and technology community activities. Funding supports company growth which stimulates a robust technology and innovation economy. The application process for our programs is simple and most programs accept applications on an ongoing basis.


Technology intensive companies such as businesses conducting research & development or manufacturing must be able to compete in today’s global markets. The State of Hawaii supports these important industries that are creating high wage jobs by providing grant funding to support their efforts.

Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Program

HSBIR provides matching grants to help companies further the development of new products to solve critical issues. Applicants must have received federal SBIR 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.

Helping Tech Startups Win Federal Grants

In 1988, HTDC began providing matching grant funds to Hawaii companies who received Federal Small Business Innovation Research Grants (SBIR). These companies are recognized for advancing technology to solve critical challenges for the nation. The Hawaii SBIR matching grant program is the longest state funded SBIR matching program in the United States.  Initially the grant program only funded companies that received Phase I grants. In 2016, the program was expanded to help companies who are moving their advanced technology products from research into the market. Hawaii’s SBIR Phase II and Phase III winners are creating the best technology solutions in the nation.

2021 SBIR Basics Webinar Series: June 30 – July 16
Brought to you by the University of Hawaii Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) and the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation Innovate Hawaii Program, SBIR Basics is a series of workshops to help local researchers and companies prepare for the 2021 National SBIR Week (July 19-23, 2021).

SBIR Program OverviewSBIR Basics: An Overview of the SBIR Program

In this session learn how to search for SBIR/STTR opportunities, if your technology or research is suitable for an SBIR/STTR program, how to gauge commercial or programmatic interest, and more!

SBIR Basics Is SBIR a good fit for meSBIR Basics: Is SBIR a Good Fit For Me?

In this session learn how to search for relevant proposal solicitations that best suit your R&D goals and how to assemble a team to meet eligibility criteria to increase your chances for success.

SBIR Basics Writing a ProposalSBIR Basics: Writing a SBIR Proposal

In this session learn how to effectively prepare and write a SBIR proposal to increase your chances for success.

SBIR Basics Innovation and CommercializationSBIR Basics: Innovation & Commercialization

In this session, learn the types of innovations the SBIR/STTR agencies are looking
for, how to address that component of the proposal and how to develop a commercialization
plan and the items to address.

SBIR Basics Lessons Learned and Best Practices Part 1SBIR Basics: Lessons Learned & Best Practices Part 1

Hear from Nalu Scientific, LLC CEO Isar Mostafanezhad, PhD, about his experience with SBIR proposals, including insights and tips for SBIR proposals.

SBIR Basics Lessons Learned and Best Practices Part 2SBIR Basics: Lessons Learned & Best Practices Part 2

Hear from Premier Solutions HI Business Development Director, Steve Brennan, and Oceanit
Chief Scientist, Dr. Paul Pernambuco-Wise about their experiences with SBIR proposals, including insights and tips for SBIR proposals.

SBIR Technology Market Assessment WebinarSBIR Technology Market Assessment Info Session

Learn how Technology Market Assessment research can help you gain a better understanding of the broader commercial potential of your technology or innovation by identifying specific applications and markets, and testing value proposition, featuring Steve McManus of RTI International.

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

Manufacturing Assistance Grant Program

The Hawaii manufacturing industry, albeit small, is important to our economy.  These companies make the Made In Hawaii brand a global commodity.   Hawaii food products, clothing, and other products are sought throughout the world.  Our manufacturers need assistance in controlling costs, making sure employees are well trained, and securing the latest technology to grow their business.


HTDC’s Manufacturing Assistance Program Grant (MAP) offers Hawaii-based manufacturers up to a 20% reimbursement (up to $100,000) on qualified expenses to help Hawaii manufacturers become globally competitive.  Qualifying expenses include: equipment purchases, training, energy efficiency projects, and manufacturing feasibility studies.

Please email to be added to the mailing list to receive program updates and information on resources and funding opportunities for manufacturers.  Thank you for your continuous support!

Sponsoring Innovation

HTDC promotes Hawaii’s innovation and technology community with sponsorships of events throughout the year. HTDC is open to sponsoring events that support its mission. Examples of sponsored events include industry conferences, investor pitch competitions, entrepreneur/technology showcases, startup events, venture capital workshops, and tech and innovation community networking events. Organizations must be HCE compliant.


Hawaii is fast becoming a vibrant innovation and startup hub.  There are new organizations providing programs and events that encourage collaboration and new company formation.  These organizations are critical in the growth of Hawaii’s tech and innovation economy.  HTDC provides funding to support their activities to achieve its 80/80 Initiative.