No, you do not. In fact, many of our SBIR winners don’t have PhDs.
It is often more beneficial to have someone with experience in grant writing as well as a PhD on your team. Because of their experience with research and grants they can usually prepare competitive proposals that receive favorable reviews. What most founders don't realize is that grant writing is it's own form of research and proposal writing. This requires transferring your normal thought process into written grant language. This can be more difficult than it sounds for some entrepreneurs but our team of PhD-level proposal writers can help supplement this gap for you. Furthermore, we can also help pair you with professors in your industry so that you can collaborate and further strengthen your team.