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NSF Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposal Applications

September 22nd, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs have new funding opportunities available for innovative small businesses. The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines.

NSF SBIR/STTR technology topics include but are not limited to:

  • Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
  • Information Technologies (IT)
  • Internet of Things (I)
  • Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
  • Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies (EW)
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology (MN)
  • Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)
  • Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
  • Biological Technologies (BT)
  • Smart Health (SH) and Biomedical (BM) Technologies

The award amount and duration has changed for Phase I submissions. Now, both SBIR and STTR awards may be up to $225,000 and may be for anywhere from 6 to 12 months long.

Online question and answer sessions begin Oct. 20. Register here.

NSF SBIR proposals are due by Dec. 8, and STTR proposals are due by Dec. 11.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to engage NSF SBIR/STTR program managers for feedback on their project ideas prior to proposal submission. Instructions for communicating with agency program managers can be found within the solicitations under Part V. A, “Soliciting Pre-Submission Feedback.”

The ASBTDC will be hosting a live “NSF SBIR/STTR Program: Strategies for Success” webinar on Mon., Oct. 12, from 10-11:30 CDT featuring Dr. Ruth Shuman, NSF SBIR/STTR program director. Register now for the webinar.

Arkansas-based small businesses wanting assistance with the steps required to prepare a NSF SBIR or STTR proposal application should contact Rebecca Norman at or 501.683.7700.

View the NSF SBIR solicitation

View the NSF STTR solicitation