Upcoming NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Solicitation: Key Dates, Details, and Updates

  • June 12, 2024

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is expected to release its latest Phase II solicitation any day now, offering exciting opportunities for advancing projects from Phase I to the next level. 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

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: 90 to 100 overall. With approximately 85-90 awards for SBIR Phase II per year, and approximately 8 awards for STTR Phase II per year, pending the availability of funds.

Please note that, historically there has been a limit on the number of proposals submitted by an organization. It is typically ONE Phase I proposal per organization. If you are successful with Phase I, you will be encouraged to submit ONE application for Phase II.

Regarding PIs

  • For NSF SBIR 1 PI, co-PIs are not allowed.
  • For NSF STTR – 1 PI, and 1 co-PI are required (the PI must be an employee of the proposed small business, and the co-PI must be part of the STTR partner research institution). An individual may act as the co-PI on an unlimited number of NSF STTR proposals.
  • An individual may be listed as the PI for only one proposal submitted at a time to this NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II solicitation.

Anticipated Changes from the Previous Solicitation

  1. Increased Funding Limits: Likely higher funding limits to support comprehensive development.
  2. Extended Project Duration: Expected longer project timelines to ensure thorough research and scaling.
  3. Enhanced Commercialization Focus: Stronger emphasis on detailed commercialization plans.
  4. Updated Evaluation Criteria: Refined criteria prioritizing high-impact and scalable projects.

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

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