After you submit your proposal
What to expect after you’ve submitted your proposal:
1-3 months after the window closes
Proposals are reviewed by a panel of at least three technical and commercial experts. The managing Program Director also reads and conducts his/her own review.
3-5 months after the window closes
In some cases, a follow-on due diligence process will be conducted, in which the Principal Investigator will be asked by the Program Director to provide additional information or to answer questions.
5-7 months after the window closes
We'll notify you whether your proposal is accepted or declined. Official communications about the status of your proposal will be via email to the address listed for the project’s Principal Investigator (PI). If your proposal is awarded, you'll receive funding of up to $256,000. Access to most of the award funds will happen at the time of the award notification.
Proposal documents and status
Review your submission
To review your submitted Phase I proposal, login to Fastlane and navigate to the “Proposals, Awards, and Status” tab. The proposal status is also found on this page and, once a final decision has been made, the full text of the written (anonymous) reviewer feedback is available to the Principal Investigator here.
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If your proposal is declined
We can't fund all of the proposals we receive. Historical Phase I funding rates for NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I proposal have been between 10% and 20%. We recommend reading your proposal's reviews and the panel summary (if applicable). If you'd like to speak to the NSF Program Director for more information, please email them to schedule a debrief call.
About Phase II
If your technology needs more development — and if you’ve made strong progress in Phase I — you can apply for more funding. Phase II awardees receive up to $1,000,000 over two years and become eligible to apply for several supplemental funding opportunities. Learn more about applying for Phase II.