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Small Business Innovation Research Program--- for copying (SBIR)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 14-539 for the latest version.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses.

The SBIR program solicits proposals from the small business sector consistent with NSF's mission. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011). A main purpose of the legislation is to stimulate technological innovation and increase private sector commercialization. The NSF SBIR program is therefore in a unique position to meet both the goals of NSF and the purpose of the SBIR legislation by transforming scientific discovery into both social and economic benefit, and by emphasizing private sector commercialization. Accordingly, NSF has formulated broad solicitation topics for SBIR that conform to the high-technology investment sector's interests.

The topics, listed below, are detailed on the SBIR/STTR topics homepage:

  • Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
  • Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
  • Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies (EW)
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology (MN)
  • Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)
  • Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
  • Biological Technologies (BT)
  • Smart Health (SH) and Biomedical (BM) Technologies

Certain innovative technologies with high commercial potential may not appear to fit under any of the nine current solicitation topics or their associated subtopics. In this case, you may seek advice from the relevant Program Director (as detailed on the topic pages), or you may submit the proposal under the topic and subtopic that is the closest match. The SBIR/STTR Program Directors ensure that proposals are appropriately grouped into panels for review by experts in the field, and the review process is facilitated by a Program Director. The topics and subtopics guide the merit review process but are not used as a consideration in making award decisions.

Note: The submission of the same project idea to both this SBIR Phase I solicitation and the concurrent STTR Phase I solicitation is strongly discouraged.  

More information about the NSF SBIR Program can be found on the Program Homepage.

Program contacts

Peter Atherton
Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
patherto@nsf.gov (703) 292-8772 TIP/TI
Prakash Balan
Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
pbalan@nsf.gov (703) 292-5341 ENG/EEC
Steven Konsek
Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
skonsek@nsf.gov (703) 292-7021
Glenn H. Larsen
Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
glarsen@nsf.gov (703) 292-4607
Rajesh Mehta
Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology (MN)
rmehta@nsf.gov (703) 292-2174 TIP/TI
Muralidharan S. Nair
Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies (EW)
mnair@nsf.gov (703) 292-7059
Benaiah Schrag
Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)
bschrag@nsf.gov (703) 292-8323 TIP/TI
Ruth M. Shuman
Biological Technologies (BT)
rshuman@nsf.gov (703) 292-2160 TIP/TI
Jesus V. Soriano
Smart Health (SH) and Biomedical (BM) Technologies
jsoriano@nsf.gov (703) 292-7795 ENG/EEC

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