What’s the Process for FMCSA’s SBIR Program?
Visit the Volpe SBIR homepage to learn about participation criteria, research topics, and submission deadlines. The project selection process is highly competitive, and once selected, projects progress by merit through a three-phased program. Each phase must be successful in order to progress to the next phase.
- Phase I: Establish technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential. Phase I projects are relatively short-term, approximately 6 months.
- Phase II: Continue the work begun in Phase I according to the defined commercial potential. Phase II projects can last 2 years.
- Phase III: The goal of Phase III is to move toward or obtain commercialization.