The One North Carolina Small Business Program is comprised of two programs:
- The SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program
- The SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program
As authorized by NC General Statute § 143B‑437.80 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program provides reimbursement to qualified NC businesses for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing and submitting Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals to federal agencies. The goal of the Incentive Program is to increase the number, quality, company and technology diversity, and geographic breadth of NC applications for Federal SBIR and STTR Phase I awards.
As authorized by NC General Statute § 143B‑437.81 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program awards matching funds to NC businesses who have received a federal SBIR or STTR award. The goals of the Matching Program are to help NC companies bridge the funding gap period between the final Phase I payment and the first Phase II payment in the Federal Program, and increase the intensity of the research conducted under Phase I, making NC small businesses more competitive in the competition for Phase II funds.
For additional information regarding solicitations, see Current Solicitation & Guidelines or Previous Solicitations & Awardees below.
To learn about the impacts of this program, see Program Impacts & Success Stories and the latest press release on awarded grants: 101 North Carolina Small Businesses Win Grants to Build Next-Generation Technologies (September 22, 2022).
To learn about the current program solicitations, see New Grant Funding Available for Tech-Oriented Small Businesses (October 31, 2022).
To learn about how to apply for and win SBIR/STTR awards, sign up for educational events sponsored by the One NC Small Business Program.
To learn about how six Program grantees are combating COVID-19, see the One NC Small Business Programs COVID-19 Fact Sheet.
The One North Carolina Small Business Program is administered by the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation on behalf of the Board of Science, Technology & Innovation.
FY 2023 Phase I SBIR/STTR Incentive Funds Program Solicitation
Provides reimbursement to qualified North Carolina businesses for a portion of the costs incurred in preparing and submitting Phase I SBIR or STTR proposals to federal agencies. Applicants must have received official notification of receipt of their Phase I Proposal by a Federal SBIR/STTR agency during the Incentive Solicitation Period to be eligible.
Qualified applicants will be reimbursed for a percentage of the costs of preparing and submitting a SBIR/STTR Phase I proposal, up to a maximum of twelve thousand dollars ($12,000). The maximum percentage for reimbursement is:
75% for an eligible business located in a development tier 1 or 2 county, as defined by the N.C. Department of Commerce (2023 County Tier Designations),
50% for an eligible business located in a Tier 3 county, as defined by the N.C. Department of Commerce.
FY 2023 Phase I SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program Solicitation
Provides matching funds to North Carolina businesses who have already received a federal Phase I SBIR or STTR award. Applicants must have received official notification of Phase I award by a Federal SBIR/STTR agency during the Solicitation Period to be eligible. The match amount is 50% of the Federal SBIR/STTR Program award, not to exceed $75,000.
Due to funding limitations, eligible applicants are limited to those Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees that meet either of the following two conditions:
Are located in a Tier 1 or 2 county, as defined by the North Carolina Department of Commerce (2023 County Tier Designations), or
Are located in a Tier 3 county, have not previously received an award under the Match Program, and have fewer than four employees.
For previous solicitations, see Previous Solicitations & Awardees.
For general eligibility requirements, please see:
If you have questions, please contact the OSTI staff.
Applications for the One North Carolina Small Business Program are managed through the CyberGrants Management System. To start a new application for the Program, access the CyberGrants Management System using the links below:
Start an SBIR/STTR Incentive Funds Program Application
Start an SBIR Matching Funds Program Application
Start an STTR Matching Funds Program Application
If you have questions regarding the programs overall or eligibility, please review the current solicitations or contact the OSTI staff.
Reports and Applications for the One North Carolina Small Business Program are managed through the CyberGrants Management System.
To submit reports or a survey, or to edit an already active application for the Program, access the CyberGrants Management System using the links below:
If you are ready to request a Stage 2 payment disbursement, contact the staff of the Board of Science, Technology & Innovation.
A detailed analysis of the One NC Small Business Matching Funds Program impacts is conducted every two years. The most recent evaluation found that, since its inception in 2006, the program has helped enable:
- the creation and retention of more than 1,200 private sector jobs statewide – more to come as more companies benefit and grow.
- more than 400 small businesses bring to market biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical technologies, computer software, military/defense technologies, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and other high-tech applications.
- more than 70 percent of the small businesses to remain in operation.
- the small businesses to attract more than $8 billion in external investment.
- 60 percent of NC matching grant winners to win Phase II federal grant awards, each with a considerably larger average value of $1 million (nationally, 54 percent of Phase I award winners graduate to Phase II awards).
- the small businesses to produce more than $125 million in total first-year sales resulting directly from the technology developed with Program funding.
- significant technology/business-development partnerships among NC universities & businesses.
For a printable two-page summary of the strong impacts of the One NC Small Business Program since its inception in 2006, see:
- One NC Small Business Program Fact Sheet (December 2022).
- Applied LifeSciences & Systems (Raleigh) - Biosystems Company Builds Technology That Reduces Business Costs & Improves Animal Welfare
- Baebies (Durham) - Innovating a Healthy Start for Babies and a Diagnostic Company
- Bennett Aerospace (Cary) - Smart Engineering Creates New Products & A Successful Company
- Corvid Technologies (Mooresville) - One North Carolina Small Business Program Supports Engineering Firm's Overwhelming Growth
- Precision BioSciences (Durham) - Cutting-Edge Leadership in a New Technology Can Cut Both Ways
- Prevention Strategies (Greensboro) - Preventing Bad Behavior Alone Doesn't Lead to Business Success
- Ribometrix (Durham) - Innovative Treatment Strategy for Human Disease Shapes a Successful Biotech Company
- United Protective Technologies (Locust) - Thin Coatings Protect Military Investments and Facilitate Small Business Growth
- Vigilant CyberSystems (Mt. Airy) - Surviving Threats in Cyberspace and The Tough World of Business
Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded Phase I SBIR/STTR Matching grants to 341 small businesses throughout the state. Those businesses are listed below; links to their websites are provided when available. Additional detail regarding awardee small businesses is available at Previous Solicitations & Awardees.
0 Base Design, LLC
3-C Institute for Social Development, Inc.3F, LLC
410 Medical Inc.
4pi Analysis, Inc.
A-B-Sea Research, Inc.
Accunovo Biotechnologies, Inc.
Adamas Nanotechnologies, Inc.
Adroit Materials, Inc.
Advanced Digital Systems, Inc.
Advanced Hydrogen Technologies Corporation
Advanced Liquid Logic, Inc.
Advanced Materials Manufacturing
Advanced TeleCare, LLC
Agile Sciences, Inc.
AI Tracking Solutions, LLC
AimMax Therapeutics, Inc.
Air Control Techniques, P.C.
Alderon Biosciences, Inc.
Alditri Technologies, Inc.
Allotropica Technologies, Inc.
Altis Biosystems, Inc.
Ambient Logic, LLC
AP Solutions, Inc.
Appealing Products, Inc.
Applied LifeSciences & Systems, LLC
Applied Quantum Technologies, Inc.
Applied Science International, LLC
Arcato Laboratories, Inc.
Artiam Bio, Inc.
Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, Inc.
Assist Equipment Development, Inc.
Atom Bioworks, Inc.
Auger Communications, Inc.
AURA Technologies, LLC
b3 bio, Inc.
Bear Fiber, Inc.
Bedrock Therapeutics, Inc.
Bennett Aerospace, Inc.
BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.
BioMarck Pharmaceutical, Ltd.
Black Velvet Solar, Inc.
Blue Force Technologies Inc.
Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, LLC
Boundless Science, LLC
Brighton Development, LLC
Broad Digital, LLC
Camras Vision, Inc.
Capture Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Carolina Unmanned Vehicles, Inc.
CD Neural Technologies, Inc.
Cell Microsystems, Inc.
Cellf BIO, LLC
Chaperone Therapeutics, Inc.
Cirque Productions, LLC
CivaTech Oncology, Inc.
Clairvoyant Technology, LLC
Claradele Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Clinical Sensors, Inc.
Clinical Tools, Inc.
Cloud Solutions, LLC
Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Corvid Technologies, LLC
CP Diagnositics, Inc.
Creative Bioreactor Designs, Inc.
Creative Scientist, Inc.
CTW Development Company, LLC
Curl Bio, LLC
Cytex Therapeutics, Inc.
Deep Creek Pharma, LLC
Dignify Therapeutics, LLC
Dot Metrics Technologies, Inc.
Drakeford, Scott, & Associates, LLC
Drive Therapeutics, LLC
Edison Agrosciences, Inc.
Element Genomics, Inc.
EncepHeal Therapeutics, Inc.
Eno River Labs, LLC
Eno River Technologies Co., LLC
Entertainment Science & Virtual Heroes Joint Venture, Inc.
Enzerna Biosciences, LLC
Epigenos Biosciences, Inc.
Eppin Pharma, Inc.
Ercole Biotech, Inc.
Eyedesis Biosciences, LLC
Falcon Therapeutics, Inc.
Firebird Advanced Materials, Inc.
Foard Systems Design, Inc.
Fokuslabs Behavioral Solutions, Inc.
Forthright Engineering, PLLC
G-Zero Therapeutics, Inc.
Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc.
GEM Tox Consultants and Labs, Inc.
Geometric Data Analytics, Inc.
Gigabeam Acquisition Corporation
Glycan Therapeutics Corporation
Goldfinch Sensor Technologies and Analytics, LLC
GrassRoots Biotechnology, Inc.
GreatWall Systems, Inc.
Haw River Mushrooms, LLC
Health Outcomes, Inc.
HealthSpan Diagnostics, LLC
Horizon Performance, LLC
Identizyme Defense Technologies, Inc.
Impulse Wellness, LLC
Independent Living Resources, Inc.
Indexus Biomedical, LLC
Initos Pharmaceuticals, LLC
InnAVasc Medical, Inc.
InnerOptic Technology, Inc.
Innovation Research and Training, Inc.
Insect Diet and Rearing Research, LLC
inSoma Bio, Inc.
Integrated Laboratory Systems, Inc.
Integrated Oncology Solutions, Inc.
International Association of Virtual Organizations, Inc.
Interventional Analgesix, Inc.
Isolere Bio, Inc.
Keona Health, Inc.
Kepley Biosystems, Inc.
Kyma Technologies, Inc.
Laser Biopsy, Inc.
Liquidia Technologies, Inc.
Lupine Materials and Technology, Inc.
MAA Laboratories, Inc.
Materials Innovation Technologies, LLC
Maverick BioFuels, Inc.
Mercury Science, Inc.
METIS Health Analytics, LLC
MicroElastic Ultrasound Systems, Inc.
Microgrid Labs, Inc.
Microphase Coatings, Inc.
Minerva Lithium LLC
MRI Cardiac Services, Inc.
Nanodiagnostic Technology, LLC
NCO Technologies, LLC
Nekton Research, LLC
Neuro10-9 Pharma, Inc.
New Jersey Microsystems, Inc.
NIRvana Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
NIRvana Sciences, Inc.
Nocturnal Product Development, LLC
Onda Vision Technologies, Inc.
Orbit Energy, Inc.
Oxford Defense North Carolina, LLC
Parion Sciences, Inc.
Path BioAnalytics, Inc.
People Designs, Inc.
Phase Bioscience, Inc.
PhotoCide Protection, Inc.
Piedmont Biofuels Industrial, Inc.
Plakous Therapeutics, Inc.
Plasma Games, Inc. (formerly Athena's Compass)
Polyglot Systems, Inc.
Precision BioSciences, Inc.
Precision Human Biolaboratory Inc./Ridge Diagnostics
Prevention Strategies, LLC
Pulvinar Neuro, LLC
Qatch Technologies, LLC
Ramona Optics, Inc.
Redbud Labs, Inc.
Rescindo Therapeutics, Inc.
Reveris Therapeutics, LLC
Roundtable Analytics, Inc.
Science Learning Resources, Inc.
SciKon Innovation, Inc.
Scribner Associates, Inc.
SeaTox Research, Inc.
Selsym Biotech, Inc.
Signal Innovations Group, Inc.
Sindre Metals, Inc.
Sirga Advanced Biopharma, Inc.
Smart Girls HQ, LLC
Southeast TechInventures, Inc.
Stovall Life Science, Inc.
Studio Hagler, LLC
Sun Dance Genetics, LLC
Technical Designs, Inc.
TeleSage Research, Inc.
Tensive Controls, Inc.
The Sandbox Learning Company, Inc.
Third Floor Materials, Inc.
Triad Interactive Media, Inc.
Triad Semiconductor, Inc.
Triangle BioSystems, Inc.
Triangle Biotechnology, Inc.
Triangle Environmental Health Initiative
Triangle Polymer Technologies, Inc.
TriboFilm Research, Inc.
United Protective Technologies, LLC
Upstream Biotechnology, LLC
Vascular Biosciences, Inc.
Vascular Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Vesta Therapeutics, Inc.
Video Collaboratory, LLC
Vigilant Cyber Systems, Inc.
Virtual Reality Aids, Inc.
Vizma Life Sciences
Vortant Technologies, LLC
Voxel Innovations, Inc.
Wasatch Photonics, Inc.
Wave Computation Technologies, Inc.
WISER Systems, Inc.
X-In8 Biologicals Corporation
Zenalux Biomedical, Inc.
The One North Carolina Small Business Program helps small businesses develop and commercialize innovative technologies to benefit the general population. In the process, it helps high-tech businesses attract more funding to the state―keeping home-grown technologies in North Carolina and creating more well-paying jobs.
Previous solicitations and listings of awardees under the Matching Funds program are available for download in the table below.
|Fiscal Year||Solicitation||Award #||Award $||Awardees|
Previous solicitations for the One NC Small Business Incentive Funds Program can be found below:
The Board of Science, Technology & Innovation provides annual reports on the One North Carolina Small Business Program to the North Carolina General Assembly, as required by North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.83.
Copies of these reports are publicly available through the links below: