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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program


small business technology transfer
seed money for small business and non-profit
research institution joint ventures

NSF SBIR/STTR programs incentivize and enable startups and small business to undertake R&D with high technical risk and high commercial reward.

There must be significant market opportunity and transformational technology with significant societal or commercial impact.

STTR proposals require a researcher at a university (or other non-profit research institutions) to play a significant role in the project. For the current solicitation we seek proposals commercializing NSF-funded fundamental research.

We give grants split into phases:

Phase I: $225k, 12 months 
Phase II: $750k, 2 years

plus over $500k in additional supplemental grants available

At each phase we vet the technology, commercial potential and company following NSF's rigorous Merit Review process.

To learn more and get started with a grant application, go to STTR Phase I Funding.

Make sure to get the latest news and solicitation information from the NSF SBIR program!



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