The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides small business 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 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).
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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