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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Small Business Innovation Research

Opportunity Title:

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Fast-Track Phase I and Phase II for American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Opportunity Number:



The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issues an annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for SBIR Phase I proposals. Science and technology-based firms with strong research capabilities in any of the areas listed in the NOFO are encouraged to participate. Phase II awards are limited to small businesses that have successfully completed Phase I projects. The NIST Fast-Track program consists of a submission and review process in which both Phase I and Phase II applications are submitted together as one application to reduce or eliminate the funding gap between phases.


Each organization submitting a proposal for both Phase I and Phase II must qualify as a small business concern for research or R&D purposes at the time of award for each phase. In addition, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of the award and during the conduct of the proposed research. More than one-half of the principal investigator's time must be spent with the small business for the period covered by the award. Primary employment with a small business precludes full-time employment with another organization.

For both Phase I and Phase II, the work must be performed in the United States. "United States" means the fifty states, the territories and possessions of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and the District of Columbia. In some rare and unique circumstances, agencies may allow a particular portion of the R/R&D work to be performed outside the United States. Approval by the funding agreement officer, after consultation with the agency SBIR Program Manager, for any such situation must be in writing.

Joint ventures and limited partnerships are eligible, provided the entity created qualifies as a small business as defined in the Solicitation. The small business awardee may enter into subawards with universities or other non-profit organizations: for Phase I, a minimum of two-thirds of the research effort must be performed by the awardee; for Phase II, a minimum of one-half of the research effort must be performed by the awardee.

Only proposals that are directly responsive to one of the subtopics as described in section 9 of the Solicitation will be considered. Applicants may apply to more than one subtopic.

Award Details:

Purpose Duration Funding Amount

Phase I Feasibility 6 months Up to $100,000

Phase II R&D 2 years Up to $400,000

Phase III Commercialization No limit Non-SBIR funds (no limit)

Application Deadline:

April 15, 2022

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