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Hawaiʻi Small Business Innovation Research (HSBIR) Program

HSBIR provides matching grants to help companies further develop new products that solve critical issues for the nation. 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 program provides up to 50% match for companies receiving SBIR/STTR awards. Companies may apply also for reimbursement for grant writing costs for their initial Federal grant application (Phase 0).

The Hawaiʻi 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 but in 2016, the program was expanded to help companies who are moving their advanced technology products from research into the market. Hawaiʻi’s SBIR Phase II and Phase III winners are creating the best technology solutions in the nation.

Funding Phases

HTDC provides Hawaiʻi SBIR funds in various phases. Available funding for the Phase II/III portion of the grant program is approved on a yearly basis.

  • Phase 0: up to $3,000 reimbursement for grant writing services.
  • Phase I: up to 50% match or up to $75,000 of the Federal Phase I award, whichever is less.
  • Phase II/III (when available): up to 50% match or up to $500,000 of the Federal Phase II/III, whichever is less.

How to Apply

Learn everything you need to know about applying for an HSBIR grant including eligibility, application deadlines, and how applicants are scored.

Business Support & Services Offered

  • Conferences and workshops
  • Market research, market intelligence analysis
  • Commercialization support
  • Go to market roadmap
  • IP
  • Manufacturing scale-up
  • And more

SBIR Webinar Series

Brought to you by the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) and the Hawaiʻi Technology Development Corporation INNOVATE Hawaiʻi program, SBIR basics is a series of workshops to help local researchers and companies take advantage of the SBIR program. Watch a preview below, then visit our full video series if you’d like to learn more.


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