Since 2012, America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF has made nearly 3,400 awards to startups and small businesses. Since 2015, NSF-funded small businesses have had 153 exits and have received $9.1 billion in private investment.* We encourage you to explore this list of assorted companies we’ve funded.
*Data from CB Insights.
We fund almost all areas of technology
Each year, we fund roughly 400 companies across nearly all technology areas and market sectors (with the exception of clinical trials and schedule I controlled substances). Select a topic area below to read more about the topic, see featured Phase I and Phase II success stories, and find program director information.
Browse lists of our current Phase I and Phase II awardees, who are still completing the research outlined in their proposals, view a list of awards to combat COVID-19, and see all of the awards we've made over the last 10 years.
Download a searchable PDF of the full list of technology topic areas that also includes descriptions of the subtopics.
We’re not interested in innovation for innovation’s sake — we back technologies that promote the social good. View a few of our many success stories.