NSF Seeks SBIR/STTR Proposals

March 21st, 2017 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative businesses are encouraged to explore new funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation’s new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitations.

The NSF seeks proposals from small businesses across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. The following broad research 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)
Biomedical Technologies (BM)
Smart Health (SH)
Other Topics (OT)

The NSF anticipates making approximately 150 SBIR awards and 40 STTR awards. Both SBIR and STTR Phase I awards can be up to $225,000 for a six-to-12-month period of performance. Project performance periods are decided by the company applicants.

Both NSF SBIR and STTR proposal applications are due June 14.

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 Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center will host a free webinar on Wednesday, April 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT, “NSF SBIR/STTR Program: Strategies for Success,” 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. Following Dr. Shuman’s presentation, webinar participants can engage her in a 30-minute Q&A session. You can register for this free event here.

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

View the NSF SBIR solicitation here.

View the NSF STTR solicitation here.