Technology Development and Commercialization

The Missouri SBTDC helps clients pursue various grant opportunities to fund technology research and development such as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants,  Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, and Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) grants. The SBTDC's goal is to help clients improve their competitiveness and secure federal research and development funds. Our business counselors help clients identify appropriate solicitations from federal agencies and their solicitations, review proposals, and facilitate partnerships.

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

The Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Missouri University of Science and Technology provides services designed to help companies understand the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and improve their competitiveness to secure federal research and development funds. Our business counselors help clients choose appropriate federal agencies and their solicitations, assist in preparation and review proposals, offer partnership opportunities, and continue efforts to commercialize the technology.

Some of the services we offer:

  • Commercialization planning - define how you will market your products by examining market needs, outcomes, competition, intellectual property and revenue streams.
  • Agency identification and evaluation - assist you to find the best agency and opportunity for your product or service.
  • Agency contact networking - provide updated information on agency needs and locate the program managers for each agency.
  • Proposal preparation support and review - assist applicants with proposal review, revisions, and final proposal preparation.
  • University access - help you find a technical expert at the university to become part of the proposal team and to assist you with obtaining research agreements and technology transfer.
  • Military terminology - assist you with understanding military terminology in Leonard Wood Institute grants. Additional information can be found in the Partners section.

Through support from SBTDC partners, other business assistance services are available to individuals interested in developing innovations and moving their technologies to market. For more information about our services, please contact Keith Strassner at (573) 341-6725 or Malcolm Townes at (573) 341-7616 or e-mail us.

Leonard Wood Institute

In addition to our SBIR and STTR services, we assist technologists and small businesses in pursuing Leonard Wood Institute grants.  The Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) assists with training-related research, technology transfer, and business development initiatives that are valuable to the U.S. Army's Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood. Specifically, the Leonard Wood Institute seeks ways to support the U.S. Army's Training Transformation Initiative, which is designed to ensure that soldiers are fully and adequately trained and equipped.  Some of the technology areas in which the U.S. Army has expressed an interest include:

  • Biometrics
  • Forensics
  • Persistence Surveillance 
  • Protective Structures 
  • Robotics
  • Hazard Defeat
  • Non-Lethal Capabilities
  • Decision Support
  • Environmental

The specific capabilities the U.S. Army desires include:

  • Explosive, toxic hazard, and CRBNE (Chemical,  Radiological, Biological, Nuclear, and Environmental) Defeat
  • Maneuver support concepts, organizations, and systems
  • Protection
  • Consequence management  
  • Stability operations, infrastructure development, and nation assistance  
  • Detainee operations
  • Non-lethal capabilities
  • Joint Functional Capabilities (JFC)
  • Geospatial
  • Future mobility and support systems


For more information about our services, please contact Keith Strassner at (573) 341-6725 or Malcolm Townes at (573) 341-7616 or e-mail us.