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Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Phase I NSF Wide Programs


CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Henry  Ahn hahn@nsf.gov 703-292-7069   
Peter  Atherton patherto@nsf.gov 703-292-8772   
Anna  Brady-Estevez abrady@nsf.gov 703-292-7077   
Kaitlin  Bratlie kbratlie@nsf.gov (703) 292-2638   
Diane  Hickey dhickey@nsf.gov (703) 292-8875   
Steven  Konsek skonsek@nsf.gov 703-292-7021   
Rajesh  Mehta rmehta@nsf.gov 703-292-2174   
Elizabeth  Mirowski emirowsk@nsf.gov (703) 292-2936   
Alastair  Monk amonk@nsf.gov (703) 292-4392   
Muralidharan  S. Nair mnair@nsf.gov 703-292-7059   
Erik  Pierstorff epiersto@nsf.gov (703) 292-2165   
Benaiah  D. Schrag bschrag@nsf.gov (703) 292-8323   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  21-563

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Window

    March 5, 2021 - June 3, 2021

    June 4, 2021 - September 2, 2021

    September 3, 2021 - December 2, 2021

        Small businesses can submit a Project Pitch at any time. Small businesses that have been invited to submit a full proposal can submit a proposal based on that Project Pitch at any time during one of the submission windows listed above (up to one year).


SYNOPSIS

Introduction to the Program:

The NSF STTR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental or basic research activities that focus on scientific and engineering discovery itself, the NSF STTR program supports the creation of opportunities to move fundamental science and engineering out of the lab and into the market or other use at scale, or startups and small businesses representing “deep technology ventures.”  

The NSF STTR Program funds research and development. The program is designed to provide non-dilutive funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development.

Synopsis of Program:

The STTR program is intended to support scientific excellence and technological innovation that is moving from the lab to the market. By investing federal research and development funds into startups and small businesses, NSF hopes to build a strong national economy and stimulate the creation of novel products, services, and solutions in the private sector; strengthen the role of small business in meeting federal research and development needs; increase the commercial application of federally supported research results; and develop and increase the US workforce, especially by fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The STTR program at NSF solicits proposals based on groundbreaking scientific discoveries or significant engineering breakthroughs from the small businesses consistent with NSF's mission to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

The program is governed by Public Law 114-328 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2017). SBIR/STTR policy is provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive.

The NSF SBIR/STTR program welcomes proposals from many topics and does not have a specific topical or procurement focus. The topics are detailed on the program website. The program is also open to proposals focusing on technical and market areas not explicitly noted in the aforementioned topics.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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