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Peter Atherton
patherto@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8772

Prakash Balan
pbalan@nsf.gov, (703) 292-5341

Steven Konsek
skonsek@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7021

Glenn H. Larsen
glarsen@nsf.gov, (703) 292-4607

Rajesh Mehta
rmehta@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2174

Muralidharan S. Nair
mnair@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7059

Benaiah Schrag
bschrag@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8323

Ruth M. Shuman
rshuman@nsf.gov, (703) 292-2160

Jesus V. Soriano
jsoriano@nsf.gov, (703) 292-7795

Solicitation 14-603

Important Notice to Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), NSF 13-1, was issued on October 4, 2012 and is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 14, 2013. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 13-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Please be aware that significant changes have been made to the PAPPG to implement revised merit review criteria based on the National Science Board (NSB) report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review Criteria: Review and Revisions. While the two merit review criteria remain unchanged (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), guidance has been provided to clarify and improve the function of the criteria. Changes will affect the project summary and project description sections of proposals. Annual and final reports also will be affected.

A by-chapter summary of this and other significant changes is provided at the beginning of both the Grant Proposal Guide and the Award & Administration Guide.

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  December 2, 2014

Proposals submitted outside the window of November 2, 2014 December 2, 2014 will be returned without review. Proposer's time is defined as the time zone associated with the COMPANY'S ADDRESS AS REGISTERED WITH NSF at the time of proposal submission.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). SBIR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBA Policy Directive. A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization.

Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics for SBIR that conform to the high-technology investment sector's interests. The topics are detailed on the SBIR/STTR topics homepage.

Note: The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.

More information about the NSF SBIR Program can be found on the Program Homepage.

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