Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

NSF Revises Small Business Application Process

Event date(s): Thursday, March 14, 2019
Location: Webinar

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is piloting changes to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal submission process. The pilot replaces a recommended pre-proposal step, the Executive Summary, with a required first step, the Project Pitch. 

Starting in March 2019, startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they are a good fit for the SBIR/STTR program’s objectives of supporting innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Startups or entrepreneurs can submit a Project Pitch at any time during the pilot, which runs through December 2019.

More details about the NSF’s new process are available at

Join our first webinar about the Project Pitch on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)

Event date(s): Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provides non-dilutive funds for small businesses to conduct research and development (R&D) on technology innovations that have the potential to be commercially successful and benefit society. The NSF SBIR/STTR program accepts innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of technology.

This solicitation calls for STTR Phase I proposals to undertake R&D with the aim of establishing technical feasibility of an innovation. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $225,000 to undertake a Phase I project over a period of 6 to 12 months (the period to be nominated by the company). The STTR program requires that the awardee small business undertake a portion of the R&D via a subaward to a non-profit research institution.

Successful STTR proposers will receive funding about 6 months after the solicitation deadline date. 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/STTR 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

Registrations. Start Now - These registrations take time and are required to receive funding. You must register the same information in the same way in each of these systems to avoid problems later. (See the Additional Eligibility section for more details). We recommend that you register in the following order:

  1. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  2. System for Award Management (SAM)
  3. Small Business Administration (SBA) Company Registry
  4. NSF FastLane - register company and Principal Investigator (PI)

An organization may submit no more than ONE Phase I proposal to this SBIR/STTR cycle (where SBIR/STTR cycle is defined to include the SBIR Phase I solicitation and the STTR Phase I solicitation with a December 6, 2016 deadline). This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first proposal received will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

Please note however, that this solicitation contains information that deviates from the standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), including Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) proposal preparation guidelines.

STTR Program Solicitation:

Webinar: Learn More About Small Business Innovation Programs

Event date(s): Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tune in to ask questions about the NSF's SBIR program

November 10, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join this webinar to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program and how to secure seed funding for your startup. SBIR Program Director Ruth Shuman will walk you through the process and answer questions. 

Advance registration is required; register via WebEx.

Prior to the webinar, feel free to browse our YouTube channel and proposal submission guide for a detailed step-by-step guide to assist applicants through the Phase I proposal submission process.

The NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development. We provide grants in phases: a proof-of-concept / feasibility grant (6-12 months, $225k) can potentially be followed by a longer development grant (2 years, $750k).

This event is part of SBIR & STTR Webinars.

Meeting Type

Ruth Shuman, 703-292-2160, rshuman [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Programs
Small Business Innovation Research Program
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I

Related Websites

Live Webinar: Grant opportunities for Nationa Science foundation Maker Education and Maker SBIR/STTR Projects: 10/18: 1230-2PM; free

Event date(s): Tuesday, October 18, 2016

STELAR Webinar: NSF Funding for Maker Education and SBIR/STTR Projects

Tuesday, October 18, 12:30-2 pm Eastern Time

Dear Makers and Maker Educators:

STELAR is pleased to host NSF Program Officer Bob Russell as he presents a webinar on National Science Foundation funding for research, development, and small business proposals for Maker-focused projects. We invite you to join us for National Science Foundation Funding for Maker Education and SBIR/STTR Projects on Tuesday, October 18, from 12:30 to 2 pm Eastern Time.

During this webinar brief overviews will be presented for specific programs, including Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), Discovery Research PreK-12 (DR PreK-12), Innovative Technology Experiences for Teachers and Students (ITEST), Dear Colleague Letter Catalyzing the Future of Making, Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR), and other sources. A general overview of proposal submission requirements and procedures will also be provided.

We strongly encourage your participation. There will be opportunities to also ask the Program Officers questions and also receive tips on writing competitive NSF grant proposals. Questions may also be submitted in advance by email to stelar [at] edc [dot] org.

For more information visit our website:

The webinar is FREE but, registration is required.
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NSF SBIR/STTR Program Webinar

Event date(s): Friday, September 30, 2016

The National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) will be hosting 7 webinars before the December 6 deadline for Phase I proposals. Join them for the first one on Friday, Sept. 30th at 12:00 pm ET. An email for registration will be circulated.