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Competitive Grants

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Trasfer (STTR) grants fund research and development efforts of a high risk nature that may have excellent commercial potential.

Small U.S. businesses are eligible to participate in the SBIR/STTR program if they are for-profit and have 500 or fewer employees. Nonprofit organizations are not eligible.

MOTIP Grants and Loans

Missouri offers grants and loans to assist in getting SBIR/STTR grants through:

  • Missouri Technology Incentive Program (MoTIP)
  • Phase 0 competition grants of up to $5,000, and
  • Phase I and II bridge loans of $50,000.

 Missouri provides special counselors through the MoFAST program to support businesses in finding potential opportunities and applying for these programs.

More Information about the MoFAST Program

Arch Grants Business Competition

Arch Grants offers startups funding in the form of grants and supports the startups as they remain or transition to downtown St. Louis through the Arch Grants Business Plan Competition.

Winners receive $50,000 in funding. After receiving an initial Arch Grant, startups have the opportunity to secure a second round of up to $100,000 in funding along with direct access to St. Louis-based angel investors.

To provide winners with the best chance of success, Arch Grants partners with comparable economic development endeavors in St. Louis that currently support business growth in the city including Innovation Venture Mentoring Service, St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Regional Business Council, Washington University, St. Louis University, University of Missouri at St. Louis, Webster University, and Harris Stowe University.

Find out more at Arch Grants.