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FastLane guide

Read this guide to help you submit a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I Proposal in FastLane. (A PDF version of this guide is also available for download).

Please contact the FastLane Help Desk (1-800-673-6188 or for IT system or ADA and 508 compliance-related questions (7:00 AM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time; Monday – Friday except federal holidays). SBIR and STTR program-related questions should be directed to

FastLane will not accept proposals after 5:00 PM submitter’s time on March 4. We encourage you to follow guidance from your program director about when and how to submit your proposal.

1. Proposal Overview

Were you invited to submit a proposal?

NSF SBIR/STTR Program Phase I applicants are now REQUIRED to submit a three-page “Project Pitch” that outlines the project objectives, technical innovation and associated technical risks. Projects that seem to be a good fit will be officially INVITED to submit a full proposal.

Only SBIR/STTR proposals that have been invited will be reviewed by NSF. To learn more about the Project Pitch, please visit How to Apply.

Read the SBIR/STTR Solicitation

The Phase I SBIR solicitation and STTR solicitation solicitations explain what information should go in the proposal. The following steps will walk through the process of submitting a proposal to FastLane, one of NSF’s electronic proposal submission systems.

SBIR/STTR Proposals must be submitted to NSF via FastLane. The NSF’s proposal preparation and submission site is not currently available for SBIR and STTR proposal submissions.