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For applicants

If you’re interested in applying for funding, we encourage you to watch our videos, join us at an event, or reach out directly to our program directors to learn more about the program and what we hope to see in your proposal.

Virtual Office Hours

Thinking of applying for Phase I funding? Ask all your application-related questions during our Virtual Office Hours or watch a recorded program overview or a recorded how to apply overview. (We offer a PDF version of program basics, too.)

Startup profiles

Get to know our awardees better — we’ve got video profiles of startups and small businesses that have received NSF funding.

Project Pitch

Wondering if your idea is a good fit? The first step in the process is to submit your written Project Pitch. Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a Project Pitch will learn if they meet the program’s objectives and be invited to submit a full proposal.


Once you’ve received an invitation to submit a proposal (via the Project Pitch process), we encourage you to dig into the following resources to support you as you create your SBIR/STTR proposal.



Have lingering questions? Visit our FAQ, which covers the pre-application process to post-award reporting (and everything in between).

Proposal submission guide

Before you start your proposal, take a look at our proposal submission guide.

Review Guidelines

Read the Merit Review Guidelines to determine if your proposal fits the merit review or broader impacts criteria that we use to make funding decisions.

Beyond Phase I

Are you a Phase I awardee? Visit How to Apply for Phase II.

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