The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides small businesses with equity-free funding to conduct research and development (R&D) work and de-risk technology for commercial success (essentially early or “seed” stage research and development). The NSF #SBIR program accepts innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of technology.
SBIR Phase I proposals are expected to undertake R&D with the aim of establishing technical feasibility or proof of concept. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $225,000 over a period of 6 to 12 months (the period to be decided by the company).
Successful NSF #SBIR proposers will receive funding about 6 months after the solicitation deadline. Companies that receive a Phase I award are eligible to apply for a Phase II award (award amount up to $750,000; duration 2 years).
NSF #SBIR Program Directors host webinars in the weeks leading to the proposal deadline. Further information about the program, including the webinar schedule, short videos, and Q&A, is also available at https://www.nsf.gov/SBIR.
Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): June 14, 2017
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