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 develop 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 (Phase 0).

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.

SBIR Basics Webinar Series
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 take advantage of the SBIR Program.

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

HSBIR Metrics since inception

Federal Phase 1 funding

$57 MM

Federal Phase 1 funding

HSBIR Phase 1 matching grants

$10.1 MM

HSBIR Phase 1 matching grants

Federal Phase 2/3 funding

$196 MM

Federal Phase 2/3 funding

HSBIR Phase 2/3 match

$7.1 MM

HSBIR Phase 2/3 match

HSBIR Application Process


Applications are now CLOSED
To download a sample of the Phase 0 application CLICK HERE >> pdf
* To download a sample of the Phase 1 application CLICK HERE >> pdf
The application may change from this sample so please be sure to read application carefully when it opens.


* Registered to do business in Hawaii (HCE Compliant), project work done in Hawaii, 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 IH programming / events, will not be considered for funding. Upon successful completion of the next round of surveys (next survey release is TBD), company will then be eligible to apply for funding.


* Applications criteria include Team, Company, Need, Commercial Potential, and Economic Impact to the State and will be scored by a review committee.
* 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.
To view the HSBIR Program Administrative Rules, click here pdf

Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) Grant

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. Other State requirements to be eligible include (but not limited to):

1) Companies need to be registered to do business in the State of Hawaii and current on all State tax liabilities.
2) Certificate of Vendor Compliance from Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE). For details on this process visit

For the Fiscal Year 2024, HTDC’s INNOVATE Hawaii program has been funded $2M by the Hawaii State Legislators. Applications are scheduled to open in the fall of 2023.

For an FAQ on the MAP grant see:

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!



FY24 MAP Application

If you are interested in applying for this grant program, you have until February 16, 2024 11:59PM HST to submit your application. To get more information or to join the mailing list, please contact by email.

CLICK HERE to complete application online. Applicants must have fully paid invoices for the items they are seeking for reimbursement for.

Download the sample application form here

Download FY24 MAP informational session slides here

Administrative Rules

To view the MAP Grant Program Administrative Rules, please click here pdf

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.  To apply for sponsorship:

1) Download and review documents for Sponsorship opportunity consideration RFP-23-001-HTDC

2) Complete Sponsorship Application form


Read the required RFP first, then apply online. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the event.

A committee will review application to determine if the event meets HTDC’s mission