NSF’s America’s Seed Fund: Upcoming SBIR/STTR Phase I Solicitation: Key Dates, Details, and Updates

  • June 13, 2024

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is expected to release its latest SBIR/STTR Phase I solicitation soon, opening doors for innovative research and development projects. Here’s a preview of what to expect.

Submission Windows: Due by 5 p.m. in the organization’s local time

  • September 4, 2024
  • November 6, 2024
  • March 5, 2025

General Information: The NSF SBIR/STTR programs provide non-dilutive funds for use-inspired research and development (R&D) of unproven, leading-edge technology innovations that address societal challenges.

Award Notification What You Need to Know: The National Science Foundation (NSF) typically takes 6–8 months to review and award Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Research (STTR) grant applications.

Estimated number of awards: 280 overall. With approximately 230-235 awards for SBIR Phase I per year, and approximately 45-50 awards for STTR Phase I per year, pending the availability of funds.

Anticipated Changes from the Previous Solicitation

  1. Expanded Eligibility Criteria: Broadened criteria to include more diverse applicants and projects.
  2. Increased Initial Funding: Higher initial funding limits to support robust early-stage development.
  3. Streamlined Application Process: Simplified application procedures to reduce administrative burden.
  4. Enhanced Focus on Diversity and Inclusion: Greater emphasis on projects that promote diversity and inclusion in STEM fields.

This is just the start. See more details here. 👉 https://new.nsf.gov/funding/opportunities/nsf-small-business-innovation-research-small-0

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