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NSF SBIR/Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I Programs - Rolling Deadline

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NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I Programs



National Science Foundation (NSF)


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The NSF SBIR/STTR programs provide non-dilutive funds for use-inspired research and development (R&D) of unproven, leading-edge, technology innovations that address societal challenges. By investing federal research and development funds into startups and small businesses, NSF helps build a strong national economy and stimulates the creation of novel products, services, and solutions in the private sector; strengthens the role of small business in meeting federal research and development needs; increases the commercial application of federally-supported research results; and develops and increases the U.S. workforce, especially by fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically-disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

NSF seeks unproven, leading-edge technology innovations that demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • The innovations are underpinned and enabled by a new scientific discovery or meaningful engineering innovation.

  • The innovations still require intensive technical research and development to be fully embedded in a reliable product or service.

  • The innovations have not yet been reduced to practice by anyone and it is not guaranteed, at present, that doing so is technically possible.

  • The innovations provide a strong competitive advantage that are not easily replicable by competitors (even technically proficient ones).

  • Once reduced to practice, the innovations are expected to result in a product or service that would either be disruptive to existing markets or create new markets/new market segments.


The NSF SBIR/STTR programs fund broadly across scientific and engineering disciplines and do not solicit specific technologies or procure goods and services from startups and small businesses.


Proposers must obtain an official invitation to submit a proposal. To receive the invitation, potential proposers must submit a Project Pitch and receive an official response (via email) from the cognizant Program Officer.

Firms qualifying as a small business concern are eligible to participate in the NSF SBIR/STTR programs


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