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We invest up to $1.5 million in
seed funding
We take 0% equity

Apply now Deadline: December 4, 2017

A microscopic image of the metals in a plant seedling being studied for its ability to clean contaminated environments. Photo courtesy of Sigray, a small business revolutionizing x-ray research equipment through its patented innovations on x-ray source and optic technology.

Seed capital for early stage product development

We offer funding for early stage R&D and take no equity in your company — you retain full control over your team, the direction of your work, and your intellectual property.

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Access to our network of innovators and industry experts

Meet other entrepreneurs, technical experts, industry leaders, and NSF program directors, and build lasting bonds with future leaders in your industry. Find us at dozens of annual events — conferences, road shows, and more.

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A diverse portfolio

We fund startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets including IoT, edtech, smart health, robotics, and much more.

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America’s Seed Fund
National Science Foundation
SBIR | STTR


We support research and development of groundbreaking, high-impact, high-risk technology. As we review applications, we consider your technology’s innovativeness, commercial potential, and possible societal impact.

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We are America's Seed Fund

Since 1977, America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF (also known as the NSF SBIR/STTR program) has helped startups develop their ideas and bring them to market. From 2007 to 2016, we funded roughly 400 companies each year.

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We embrace diversity

Our program fosters and encourages participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and people of color as well as first-time entrepreneurs from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

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