Seed funding from NSF
NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage R&D at small businesses and startups. Our specialty? Hard science and engineering technology with high technical risk and potential for significant commercial or societal impact.
Catalyzing Commercialization at Startups & Small Businesses
We provide grants in phases: a short proof-of-concept / feasibility grant ($150-225k) can potentially be followed by a longer development grant ($750k).
Prove technical feasibility in Phase I and apply for Phase II funding to focus on scale and development. This R&D lowers technical risk
, making the venture more attractive to future investors and partners/customers. Over $500k in supplemental funding is also available.
NSF SBIR/STTR Program Directors (PDs) have technical and commercial expertise; they help hundreds of small businesses and startups every year. Through the PDs and outside experts, NSF can provide mentoring
and elements of entrepreneurial education
We recruit technical and commercial experts from around the country to confidentially evaluate the technology, commercial potential and team. Successful companies leverage this NSF stamp of approval
on the road to commercial success. More on NSF Merit Review (watch)
Interested? Our next deadline is in December 2014.
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