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Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I Solicitation FY-2014 (STTR)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

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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 Technology Transfer (STTR) 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 STTR Program requires researchers at universities and other non-profit research institutions to play a significant intellectual role in the conduct of each STTR project. These researchers, by joining forces with a small company, can spin-off their commercially promising ideas while they remain primarily employed at the research institution. The program is governed by Public Law 112-81 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011).

This STTR Phase I solicitation aims at encouraging the commercialization of previously NSF-funded fundamental research (NSF funding lineage).  It is highly desirable that the core innovation described in the submitted proposals can in some manner be linked to fundamental research funded by the NSF. This lineage must be documented in the Project Description section of the proposal. (See Proposal Preparation Instructions for more information.)

Please note: It is NOT required that investigators of the original NSF-funded fundamental research be directly affiliated with the proposed STTR project or personnel.

The proposals submitted should fall into one the four broad topic areas:

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

Program contacts

Prakash Balan
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC)
pbalan@nsf.gov (703) 292-5341 ENG/EEC
Steven Konsek
skonsek@nsf.gov (703) 292-7021
Glenn H. Larsen
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Education Applications (EA)
glarsen@nsf.gov (703) 292-4607
Rajesh Mehta
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (NM)
rmehta@nsf.gov (703) 292-2174 TIP/TI
Muralidharan S. Nair
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies (EI)
mnair@nsf.gov (703) 292-7059
Benaiah Schrag
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (NM)
bschrag@nsf.gov (703) 292-8323 TIP/TI
Ruth M. Shuman
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC)
rshuman@nsf.gov (703) 292-2160 TIP/TI
Jesus V. Soriano
SBIR/STTR Program Director, Biological and Chemical Technologies (BC)
jsoriano@nsf.gov (703) 292-7795 ENG/EEC

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