Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)

Funder: National Science Foundation: Directorate for Engineering Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Opportunity:  19-595

Due Date: December 4, 2017

Budget: $750,000

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program – also known as America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF – provides small businesses with equity-free funding to conduct research and development (R&D) work. The funding is intended to allow recipients to bring innovative new products and services to market that drive the commercial success of the small business. The NSF STTR program seeks innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of science and technology.

STTR Phase I proposals are expected to outline research and development (R&D) projects with the aim of establishing technical feasibility or proof of concept of unproven, risky technologies. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $225,000 over a period of 6 to 12 months (the period to be decided by the applicant). The STTR program requires that the applicant small business partner with a research institution to accomplish the proposed R&D effort.

Successful STTR applicants will receive initial Phase I funding within 6 months after the solicitation deadline. 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).

STTR Program Directors host webinars in the months leading to the proposal deadline. Further information about the program, including the webinar schedule, short videos, a step-by-step guide on how to submit a proposal, and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), is also available at We also encourage potential applicants to consider requesting personalized feedback via the submission of an Executive Summary via the website as detailed in section V.A.

In order to apply for NSF STTR Phase I funding, the small business must be registered in NSF Fastlane as well as three other systems. These registrations take time, so we recommend starting early; see section V.B for details.

Important Information

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please note that this solicitation contains information that deviates from the standard NSF PAPPG proposal preparation guidelines.

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