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research experiences and partnerships with nsf sbir/sttr phase ii grantees

Startups and small businesses that are funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program can offer paid research experiences/partnerships with students, teachers, and schools.


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Company Participants:

The red dots on the map below represent Phase II NSF SBIR/STTR grantees. Large green markers indicated companies that are looking for students and/or teacher researcher. Some of the companies denoted with the red icon may still be open to take on a student or teacher.


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How to Apply:

NSF lists opportunities on this page, but the application process is managed by the small companies themselves. Please follow the instructions listed at the URL provided by the company, if there is one. If there are no specific instructions, the next step is to contact the company with an email or a phone call. Click here for an email template!

If you need assistance or have questions, you can contact us at SBIRresearchexp@nsf.gov:

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Research Experiences are Supported for the Following Participants:



High School Students

  • Funding support for active research participation by high school students interested in science, technology, and mathematics.
  • Max Funding: $6,000 per student per year
  • Timeline: Rolling submission; submission 3 months before target start date is suggested

K-12 and Community College Teachers

  • 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; submission 3 months before target start date is suggested

Undergraduate Students

  • Funding support for active NSF research participation by undergraduate students.
  • Max Funding: $8,000 per student per year
  • Deadline: Rolling submission; submission 3 months before target start date is suggested

Community College Students and Teams

  • Partnership funding between small businesses and community college researchers and students.
  • Max Funding: $40,000 per year
  • Deadline: Rolling submission; submission 3 months before target start date is suggested

Veterans

  • 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; submission 3 months before target start date is suggested

CREST and HBCU-RISE Awardees

  • 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
  • Deadline: Rolling submission; submission 3 months before target start date is suggested

Supporting Documents

  1. NSF 06-003: “Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS): Supplemental Funding to Current SBIR/STTR Phase II Awards to Broaden Participation in Science and Engineering”.
  2. NSF 11-509: “Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science”.
  3. NSF 13-542: “Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)”. Supplements only.
  4. NSF 12-076: “Dear Colleague Letter - Supplemental Opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Community College Research Teams (Phase II-CC)”.
  5. NSF 14-124: “Dear Colleague Letter: Veteran's Research Supplement (VRS) Program”.
  6. NSF 12-069: “Dear Colleague Letter: Supplemental Opportunity for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) for CREST/HBCU-RISE Collaborations (Phase IIA)”.
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