Federal Government Grants

Federal Government Grants

UPDATED 9/11/20

The United States federal government has 1000’s of grants available.  Remember the majority of the grants goes to organizations, states, communities, and schools.   We present these so that you can look through and find the ways you might be able to receive some of that money.

Catalog Of Federal Domestic Assistance – This publication is the source of all of the federal government’s grant programs.  Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi- public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals.

(The CFDA site has moved to a beta site – https://beta.sam.gov/?s=main&mode=list&tab=list )

The Federal Government with the Small Business Administration and other agencies have reserved BILLIONS to be used in the creation, growth and development of businesses.  Like the State some monies are Grants, some are loans.

Small Business Innovation Research Program – SBIR  -The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions.

Grants.gov – This is the main hub for government grants.  It takes some getting used to but you can find valuable information.

National Science Foundation – NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” NSF is vital because we support basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.

National Aeronautics And Space Administration –  NASA

The NASA SBIR and STTR programs fund the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual Solicitations and have significant potential for successful commercialization. If you are a small business concern (SBC) with 500 or fewer employees or a non-profit RI such as a university or a research laboratory with ties to an SBC, then NASA encourages you to learn more about the SBIR and STTR programs as a potential source of seed funding for the development of your innovations.

Department Of Health And Human Services – National Institutes Of Health – NIH

HHS SBIR and STTR programs are an integral source of capital for early stage U.S. small businesses that are creating innovative technologies to improve health. These programs help small businesses break into the federal research and development (R&D) arena, create life-saving technologies, and stimulate economic growth.

Department Of Energy – Office Of Science – (DOE)

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science is the lead federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for energy and the Nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences.

Department Of Defense – (DOD)CORRECT THE LINK

The Department of Defense (DOD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program is a congressionally mandated program coordinated by the Small Business Administration. The DOD SBIR/STTR Program’s mission is to elicit innovative solutions from the small business community that address defense technology gaps confronting the DOD and to include technologies that will also have high commercialization potential in the private sector.

Department Of Agriculture – National Institute Of Food And Agriculture – (DOA)

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.

Department Of Commerce – National Institute Of Standards And Technology – (NIST)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals.

Environmental Protection Energy – (EPA)

Our mission is to protect human health and the environment.

Department Of Transportation – VOLPE – (DOT) –

Volpe is a unique federal agency that is 100 percent funded by sponsor projects. We partner with public and private organizations to assess the needs of the transportation community, evaluate research and development endeavors, assist in the deployment of state-of-the-art transportation technologies, and inform decision- and policy-making through our comprehensive analyses.

Department Of Homeland Security – (DHS)

The DHS S&T SBIR Program was initiated in 2004 with the goal of increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development programs and challenging industry to bring innovative homeland security solutions to reality.

Department Of Education – (ED)

The U.S. Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, operated out of its research arm, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), provides up to $1,050,000 in funding to small businesses and partners for research and development to translate their innovative ideas into commercial products that address educational problems.

National Oceanic And Atmosphere Administration – (NOAA)

To bring together NOAA inventors and U.S. companies in mutually productive relationships, maximizing the benefit of public money invested in research and development.