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 note that all supplemental funding opportunities must be discussed and communicated with a Program Director before the Phase II award expiration.
Application instructions for all Phase II supplements (excluding the Phase IIB) can be found here.
Extends the R&D efforts beyond the current grant to meet product, process, and software requirements of a third party investor to accelerate the project to commercialization or enhance the strength of commercial potential
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 90 days prior to Phase II award expiration.
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
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.
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