One North Carolina Small Business Program

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 North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.80 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Incentive Funds Program 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. This program is currently inactive.

As authorized by North Carolina General Statute § 143B‑437.81 the SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Funds Program awards matching funds to North Carolina businesses who have received a federal Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award. This program is currently active for North Carolina’s 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

To learn about the impacts of this program, see Grant Program Impacts and the latest press release (8/21/2017).

Apply to Program

Apply to Program

The One North Carolina Small Business Matching Funds Program is currently open for North Carolina’s 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

Prior to submitting your application, please review the current (FY 2019) solicitation for more information about the program.

Applications, as well grant and reporting requirements, are managed through the sciGrants Management System.

To begin your application for the FY 2019 One North Carolina Small Business Matching Funds Program, click here.

If you have a problem related to your application (for example: requesting a DUNS number, uploading files, etc.), please email the Office of Science, Technology & Innovation.



NEW: Updated 9/14/2018

FY 2019 Solicitation: Funding Available

Access the FY 2019 solicitation here.

Under the current (FY 2019) solicitation, the maximum grant award is 50% of the Federal SBIR/STTR Program award, not to exceed $50,000. The current solicitation period is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 inclusive, or until funds have been exhausted. Due to funding limitations this year, eligible applicants are limited to only those Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees that meet either of the following two conditions:

  1. Have not previously received a matching award under the One North Carolina Small Business Program and have less than 10 employees, or
  2. Are located in a Tier 1 or 2 county (2018 designations), as defined by the NC Department of Commerce.

Applicants must have received official notification of Phase I award by a federal SBIR/STTR agency during the solicitation period (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 inclusive) to be eligible. Applications must be submitted within 45 days of receipt of an applicant's federal award notification. For companies whose federal notification occurred between the start date (July 1, 2018) and release date (September 14, 2018) of the solicitation, applications must be received within 45 days from the release date of the solicitation.

For additional eligibility requirements, please see the current solicitation above.If you have questions, please contact the OSTI staff.

Program History

Program History

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
FY 2019  Solicitation Pending Pending Pending
FY 2018  N/A N/A  N/A N/A 
FY 2017 Solicitation 62 $3,686,680 Awardees
FY 2016 Solicitation 40 $1,954,004 Awardees
FY 2015 Solicitation 51 $2,500,000 Awardees
No Funds
FY 12-14
 N/A  N/A N/A N/A
FY 2011 Solicitation 44 $1,311,513 Awardees
FY 2010 Solicitation 22 $1,018,940 Awardees
FY 2009 Solicitation 54 $3,968,589 Awardees
FY 2008 Solicitation 49 $4,675,952 Awardees
FY 2007 Solicitation 51 $4,553,918 Awardees
FY 2006 Solicitation 25 $1,111,817 Awardees
Total   398 24,781,413 Awardees

Previous solicitations for the One NC Small Business Incentive Funds Program can be found below:

Program Impacts & Grantee Highlights

Program Impacts & Grantee Highlights

Program Impacts

In 2017, a detailed analysis of the One NC Small Business Matching Funds Program impacts was conducted. The evaluation found that, since its inception in 2006, the program has helped enable:

  • the creation and retention of nearly 900 private sector jobs statewide – more to come as more companies benefit and grow.
  • more than 250 small businesses bring to market biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical technologies, computer software, military/defense technologies, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and other high-tech applications.
  • more than 77 percent of the small businesses to remain in operation.
  • the small businesses to attract more than $515 million in external investment, including more than $122 million in follow-on federal funds.
  • 60 percent of NC matching grant winners have gone on 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 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 (September 2018).

For an economic impact analysis of the overall impacts on North Carolina’s economy resulting from the increased number of employees that North Carolina small businesses created with the One NC Small Business Program grants between 2006 and 2018, see The Impact of the One NC Small Business Matching Grants Program on North Carolina’s Economy: Evidence from IMPLAN (May 2018).

Grantee Highlights

Current profiles in the Bridging the Valley of Death series:

  • 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
  • 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
  • More stories coming soon.
Submit a Report

Submit a Report

Reports for the One North Carolina Small Business Program are managed through the CyberGrants Management System.

To submit reports or survey for the Program, you can 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.

Legislative Reports

Legislative Reports

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: