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Resources:Getting started with a Phase I award

This page has information, forms and opportunities for Phase I awardees. It also includes information you’ll need to apply for Phase II funding, and other useful resources. Please direct any questions to your program director or to

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SBIR/STTR Phase I Workshop

NSF requires each Phase I awardee company to participate in the SBIR/STTR Phase I Workshop. This virtual workshop (hosted on Zoom) consists of about 8-10 hours of sessions spread over three days. The first day of the workshop includes general-purpose sessions required for all Phase I awardees. The second day will feature a one-on-one meeting with your program director and other sessions. The principal investigator (PI) is required to participate, and we strongly suggest that the person(s) who lead the business activities (if not the PI) for the Phase I project also participate, as the workshop is heavily focused on commercial and entrepreneurial discussions.

You should receive information in the first 1-2 months of your award on how to register. If your team is unable to attend this required event, you will need to contact and your program director as soon as possible. Visit our workshop website for more information, plus dates of upcoming events.

Boot Camp

You are expected to participate in the Beat-the-Odds Boot Camp. The program provides successful startup basics based on the Customer Discovery method and is designed specifically for NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees. Please reserve time on your calendars to participate.

Commercialization planning

All Phase I awardees are given the opportunity to work with a commercialization planning contractor under NSF’s Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP). Currently, NSF contracts with a third party, Dawnbreaker, to provide this service, which is free of charge for awardees. This program is designed to familiarize you with the commercialization plan which is a key part of a Phase II proposal, and to give guidance and feedback as you begin to draft this document. You will be contacted in the first months of your Phase I award to kick-off this activity.

Information for current Phase I awardees

Making changes to your award

Useful information for Phase I awardees

Spread the word

As an awardee, you’re the face of our program, and we hope you’ll share news of your successes for years to come. Learn how to become an ambassador.

About America’s Seed Fund

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