Programs for Small Businesses

The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with grants and contracts.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) helps increase contract and subcontract awards to small and disadvantaged businesses, and identifies potential businesses to support NSF. To learn more about contracting opportunities through OSDBU, visit theĀ Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization website.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards nearly $190 million annually to startups and small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across almost all areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success.To learn more about SBIR/STTR, visit