NSF Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

September 19th, 2017 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses and their research partners can explore funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer solicitations. Submission deadline is Dec. 5.

Through its SBIR/STTR program, also called “America’s Seed Fund,” the NSF seeks to fund startups developing high-impact engineering and science-based products and services with strong commercial potential.

This program offers a way to “de-risk” technology development to encourage private investment.

NSF has a number of technology topic areas for which the agency seeks responsive proposal applications. Topics include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Materials and Instrumentation
  • Biological Technologies
  • Biomedical Technologies
  • Chemical and Environmental Technologies
  • Educational Technologies and Applications
  • Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies
  • Information Technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • Semiconductors and Photonic Devices and Materials
  • Smart Health
  • Other

Prospective applicants are encouraged to draft a short executive form to receive NSF pre-proposal feedback.

The NSF will offer a two-part webinar series to share more about its SBIR/STTR program. The first webinar in the series, “What is America’s Seed Fund at NSF?” will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. (Central). Registration can be done here.

The second webinar, “How to Apply to America’s Seed Fund at NSF,” will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. Register here.

Arkansas companies and research partners interested in responding to these NSF SBIR/STTR funding opportunities are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman for assistance at rxnorman@ualr.edu or 501.683.7700.

NSF SBIR/STTR solicitations and technology topics