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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

Information for Reviewers

Proposals received by the NSF SBIR/STTR Program are assigned to appropriate topics where they will be reviewed if they meet NSF proposal preparation requirements and are in compliance with the program announcement, solicitation or Dear Colleague Letter (supplements).

All proposals are carefully reviewed by a minimum of three experts in the particular fields represented by the proposal. These reviewers are selected by Program Directors charged with the oversight of the review process.

All NSF proposals are evaluated through use of the two National Science Board (NSB)-approved merit review criteria: intellectual merit and the broader impacts of the proposed effort. In the case of the NSF SBIR/STTR Program, critical additional review criteria are utilized to highlight the specific objectives of the program and to ensure that all proposals are reviewed for both their technical and commercial merits.

Peer Review Guidelines (Technical/Commercial): The SBIR/STTR peer review criteria, the Conflict of Interest (COI) form, and suggestions for writing high quality peer reviews for the SBIR/STTR Program at NSF.

FastLane Instructions for Panelists: How to submit the registration required for every review panel, review assigned proposals, submit reviews, and navigate through the interactive panel system (IPS), which is used during the live panel meeting.

FastLane Instructions for Mail Reviewers: Step-by-step instructions for using FastLane to review a proposal and submit a "mail review" electronically to NSF.

Travel Instructions for Panelists: Details on compensation rates, federal employees/non-US citizens/non-permanent residents, travel/hotel reservations and payment information.

Virtual Panels: Guides and guidelines for the virtual panel review process in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships.

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