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Phase II Supplemental Funding Opportunities

The SBIR/STTR Program at the National Science Foundation is committed to assisting Phase II grantees to successfully commercialize their innovation research, grow their company, and to create jobs by attracting new investments and partnerships. To reinforce these commitments, the NSF SBIR/STTR program supports a broad number of supplements and other opportunities.

Please notify your Program Director of your intention to submit a supplemental funding request before preparing and submitting a proposal. Supplemental funding is only available for active Phase II grantees.

Supplemental Funding Opportunities: Overview Video

*To view supplement opportunities for a Phase I award, please click here.

Commercial Partnerships

  1. Phase II Gap Funding (Phase IIB)
    • Extends the R&D efforts beyond the current grant to further accelerate commercialization of the Phase II project
    • Max Funding: $500,000 per award, 50% of investment funds not to exceed $500,000 from NSF
    • Requirements: 3rd party investment/commitment of at least $100k.
    • Deadline: Must begin process at least 30 days prior to Phase II award expiration.
    • More Information/Application Instructions

  2. Commercial/Strategic Partnerships (TECP)
    • Funding for additional research that goes beyond the Phase II project’s objectives to meet the technical specifications or additional proof-of-concept requirements. Additional research is anticipated to enhance the commercial potential and lead to partnerships with industrial partners and venture and angel investors.
    • Max Funding: 20% of the Phase II award, up to $150,000
    • Deadline: Within 18 months of the effective start date of Phase II award
    • More Information
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions

  3. Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)
    • Funding aimed at enabling the grantee to secure the services of a third-party service provider to assist in commercialization activities.
    • Max Funding: $10,000 per Phase II award (one per active Phase II grant)
    • Deadline: Within 12 months of the effective start date of Phase II award (recommended)
    • More Information
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions

Institutional Partnerships

  1. Centers for Research Excellence Science and Technology and Underrepresented Groups (Phase IIA)
    • Funding to foster partnerships between small business and minority-serving institutions that have a funded Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) or Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) awards.
    • Max Funding: $100,000 per award
    • Suggested Deadline: At least 90 days prior to Phase II award expiration
    • More Information
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions

  2. Community Colleges (Phase IICC)

  3. Engineering Research Center Collaboration Opportunity (SECO)
    • Collaborative research opportunity to provide a beneficial research and commercialization platform between SBIR/STTR companies with Engineering Research Center (ERC) faculty, researchers, and graduate students.
    • Max Funding: $200,000 per year
    • More Information

Educational Partnerships

  1. High School Participants (RAHSS)
    • Funding support for active research participation by high school students interested in science, technology, and mathematics in the SBIR/STTR program.
    • Max Funding: $6,000 per student per year
    • Deadline: Rolling submission; does not extend award duration
    • Recruiting Tip: Guidance counselors at your local high school may be a great help. You can use this recruiting template to reach out.
    • More Information
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions

  2. Teacher Participants (RET)
    • Funding support for active involvement of K-12 teachers and community college faculty in engineering research.
    • Max Funding: $10,000 per teacher per year
    • Deadline: Rolling submission; does not extend award duration
    • Recruiting Tip: Guidance counselors at your local middle and high schools may be a great help. You can use this recruiting template to reach out.
    • More Information

  3. Undergraduate Participants (REU)
    • Funding support for active NSF research participation by undergraduate students.
    • Max Funding: $8,000 per student per year
    • Deadline: Rolling submission; does not extend award duration
    • Recruiting Tip: The career center at your local community college or university may be a great help. You can use this recruiting template to reach out.
    • Official Solicitation - In this document, information on supplement requests ONLY (NOT sites) is relevant. In summary, provide: 1) The nature of the involvement of the student; 2) The experience of the PI or other personnel in involving students in research; 3) A biographical sketch of the student or the process and criteria for selecting a student.
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions

  4. Veterans Research (VRS)
    • Funding support to enable veteran students, pre-college STEM teachers, and/or community college faculty to participate in active NSF grants.
    • Max Funding: $10,000 per veteran
    • Deadline: Rolling submission; does not extend award duration
    • Recruiting Tip: Many community colleges and universities have a veterans office or resource team. You can use this recruiting template to reach out.
    • More Information
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions

Membership Funding

  1. Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) Memberships
    • Partnering industry-relevant academic research with commercialization focused small business research. Collaborative research performed at I/UCRC centers.
    • Suggested Deadline: At least 90 days prior to Phase II award expiration.
    • See the eligibility and programmatic details in NSF 09-065 (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09065/nsf09065.jsp)
    • Interested company should first identify the relevant I/UCRC and discuss with the Center Director. After, inform your SBIR/STTR program director and seek his/her approval to submit the supplement.
    • The Center Director will in parallel inform the Program Director for the I/UCRC Program.
    • For more information, please contact Dr. Shashank Priya or Dr. Raffaella Montelli, Program Director for the I/UCRC Program.
    • Proposal / Budget Submission Instructions
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