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SBIR MatchMaker Program

**The place where small high tech businesses meet potential investors and strategic partners**

Matchmaker Program Technology Prospectus FY2006 FY2010

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Full Matchmaker Program Technology Prospectus FY2006 FY2010 [PDF 2.6 MB]

Biotechnology [PDF 729KB]
Electronics [PDF 1.2 MB]
Information Technology [PDF 787 KB]
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing [PDF 646 KB]

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program provides early stage funds to small businesses to conduct research and development, and to prototype exemplary innovative technologies with strong market potential. NSF SBIR Projects cover a broad range of topics in advanced materials and manufacturing, biotechnology, electronics and information technology. Below we have listed examples of the topics in which we are sponsoring work:

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

  • Nanotechnology
  • Membrane (Fuel Cells)
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Surface Treatments
  • Pollution Avoidance
  • Catalysis
  • Separations
  • Smart Materials


  • Genomics
  • Industrial Bioproducts
  • Proteomics
  • Biosensors
  • Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Delivery
  • Biochips
  • Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics


  • Organic LEDs
  • High Power Lasers
  • Trace Gas Sensors
  • Optical Interconnects
  • Opto-Electronics
  • Diagnostic Spectroscopy
  • MEMs
  • Lithography
  • Wireless Networks
  • Spintronics

Information Technology

  • Mobile Computing
  • High Speed Networking
  • E-business
  • Human/Computer Interface
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Information Management and Retrieval

For more detailed information, please see our website at http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/.

* Investors AND Strategic partners *

The NSF SBIR Program is presenting a unique investment opportunity by introducing you to pre-selected, high technology emerging businesses in our portfolio that have each secured nearly $1million dollars to develop and advance their early-stage, cutting edge research. These Phase II Grantees have successfully advanced through two highly competitive selection rounds of assessment involving two rigorous technical peer reviews as well as one comprehensive commercial review. Only one in thirteen applicants typically reach this level of funding from us. We welcome inquiries from Venture Capital Groups, Angel Investors and Strategic Corporate Partners. To participate, please send us an email at SBIRmatch@nsf.gov with the following information about your organization:

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Contact Person
  • Phone Number, E-mail Address and Mailing Address
  • Web Site Address
  • Technology Preference
  • Regional Preference
  • Range of Typical Investment
  • Stage of Typical Investment
Once we receive your e-mail, a Program Manager will contact you with information on our Phase II Grantees and Projects that may best fit your investment profile. Our Program Managers will also make the initial introduction between you and the companies advancing the technologies of interest to you. Our Program Managers are drawn from within the high technology research and business communities. They are savvy in technology management and have extensive familiarity with the active investment community and thus will be able to identify relevant Grantees and Projects.The NSF SBIR Program has established the following criteria for investors and / or corporations to qualify for this connection to small businesses in our portfolio:
  • The organization must have a genuine interest and applicable experience as a qualified investor in high technology businesses
  • The organization must have an investment focus in one of the four NSF technology areas: electronics, biotechnology, information technology, advanced materials and manufacturing
  • The organization agrees to provide access to annual reports, current and past customers, strategic partners and/or portfolio companies as needed and as appropriate for performing due diligence on investors
* NSF SBIR Phase II Grantees *We will introduce you to potential investors and / or to strategic corporate partners if you meet the following criteria:
  • You have completed NSF SBIR project milestones and NSF reporting requirements on a timely basis
  • You have a proven commercialization track record for non-federally funded projects as well as federally funded projects (if established company)
  • You have a demonstrated non-SBIR revenue growth over time (if established company)
  • You have identified key management roles within the company and are assembling a team to take the company forward
  • You have a business plan appropriate for submission to investors
  • You have a definitive plan to protect intellectual property critical to the technology
  • You provide consent to NSF SBIR Program Managers to provide references to qualified investors and corporations
REMEMBER, IT CAN TAKE MORE THAN A YEAR TO SECURE INVESTMENT FUNDS OR A STRATEGIC PARTNER, SO SIGN UP EARLY.If your company is interested and meets the criteria above, please send an email to SBIRmatch@nsf.gov with the following information
  • Company Name
  • Authorized Organizational Representative
  • Company Phone Number, E-mail Address and Mailing Address
  • NSF SBIR Phase II Project Number(s)
  • Written Permission for NSF to Forward Public Award Information to External Organization
  • Written Permission for NSF to Talk to External Organizations About Your Company's Award(s) Performance

Once we have this information, we will put you on our list to share your projects with interested external parties. MatchMaker is only a vehicle to refer SBIR Phase II Awardees to interested, accredited investors and strategic partners and does not guarantee investment or funding of any kind. If you have further questions, please contact:

Division of Industrial Innovation & Partnerships (IIP) Point of Contacts:

Murali Nair, Matchmaker Program Director, Mnair@nsf.gov 703-292-7059

PLEASE NOTE: Investors and grantees must do their own due diligence. Providing and accepting investment is not risk free.NSF operates under the SBIR legislation that encourages private sector commercialization.

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