NSF Opens to New SBIR, STTR Proposal Applications

March 4th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation’s new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer solicitations. The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. This solicitation cycle, a new topic area has been added – Internet of Things.

The following broad topics can be found in these NSF SBIR/STTR solicitations:

  • Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
  • Information Technologies (IT)
  • Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
  • Internet of Things (I)
  • 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 NSF anticipates making approximately 200 SBIR awards and 50 STTR awards. SBIR Phase I awards can be up to $150,000 for a six-month period of performance. STTR Phase I awards can be up to $225,000 for a 12-month period of performance.

NSF SBIR proposals are due by June 16, and STTR proposals are due by June 18.

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 free webinar on Monday, April 13, “Prepare a Winning SBIR/STTR Proposal Application,” led by NSF SBIR/STTR Program Director Dr. Ruth Shuman. This webinar will address registration, key content to include in applications, and the NSF review process. Guest presenter Brandon Foshee of Arkansas-based company Fauxsee Innovations will share how his team was able to effectively use NSF SBIR Phase I and Phase IB awards to advance development of Roboglasses™, an assistive navigation device for the visually impaired. Watch the ASBTDC’s video interview with Fauxsee Innovations here.

Arkansas-based small businesses who would like assistance with the steps required to prepare their NSF SBIR or STTR proposal applications should contact Rebecca Norman at rxnorman@ualr.edu or 501.683.7700.

View the NSF SBIR solicitation

View the NSF STTR solicitation