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NSF SBIR/STTR Technology Topic Areas

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The NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program encourages the submission of innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of technology (except drug development). Proposals should be driven by market and societal needs and opportunities, and should identify both the end users of the proposed technology and the proposed pathway to commercialization.

The NSF recognizes that innovation often cannot be categorized. The following topic areas and subtopic areas are used internally to guide the logistics of the review process but do not affect award decisions. Topic areas may be updated each time that there is a call for proposals, but generally, our topics are suggestions and do not preclude the submission of a proposal in a certain technology area.

NSF SBIR/STTR Technology Topic Areas:

Download a (searchable) PDF for all subtopic descriptions here.