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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 STTR Phase I Solicitation Guide

NSF's STTR program provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at technology-based small businesses and startups. 

All potential Phase I NSF STTR proposers should refer to the full solicitation NSF STTR Phase I Solicitation before submitting! The guide below is intended to familiarize you with just some of the important information it contains.

General Info

What is NSF STTR in a nutshell?  Go...

Welcome! The top of our solicitation gives a short run-down of the program and the other resources available.

Is my project a good fit? Go...

See what types of projects NSF STTR is looking to fund.

How are the projects evaluated?

NSF uses a merit review process with standard merit review criteria to evaluate proposals.

However, the NSF STTR program has additional ***STTR-specific review criteria*** that are VITAL to understand, in addition.

MORE RESOURCES: NSF SBIR versus STTR (video), NSF SBIR/STTR in 13 minutes (video)NSF STTR Applicant Central, and NSF SBIR/STTR on Twitter.

Nuts and Bolts (for more serious applicants)

Is my small business eligible? Go...

Check out the required registrations, too!

What goes in the proposal?Go...

Use this section to guide your content. Use the FastLane Submission Guide to learn how to get the information into the NSF computer system.

How do I make sure my proposal will be reviewed? Go...

A “do”s and “dont’s” checklist to making sure your proposal gets reviewed by technical and commercial experts. 

Tip: Late submission is a common “don’t” that will prevent your proposal from being reviewed.

When is the next submission opportunity? Go...

Start early and ask for help! If you are uncertain, you can solicit pre-submission feedback.

MORE RESOURCES: NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Submission: Nut and Bolts (video) and NSF STTR Applicant Central

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