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
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
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 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.
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