“If you’re a small company trying to develop a new dental product or service, and you fit the criteria come on in with an application,” is the message from Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer’s Dental Small Business Coordinator R. Dwayne Lunsford, PhD.

“The key is we’re only as good as the applications we get and each application will be peer reviewed. The whole point is to get you to the point that your technology is attractive to angel investors or larger companies.”

He shared this information with the Dental Trade Alliance in the hopes that member companies looking to innovate and thrive will respond.

The federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are now accepting grant applications.

Both programs help American small businesses engage in research and development — including bringing new products to market. Both programs use small businesses to stimulate technological innovation, strengthen the role of small business, increase private sector commercialization of innovations as well as to foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned businesses.