$500,000 Grant To Small Businesses To Work On Scientific And Engineering Ideas

Supports high quality projects on important scientific, engineering, or science/engineering education problems and opportunities with potential for significant commercial and public benefit. Awards stimulate participation and innovation by small businesses as well as minority, disabled, and other disadvantaged individuals. Proposals are accepted on a solicitation only basis (see website for calls for proposals). Support under the Small Business Innovative Research Program is normally provided for six months and up to $100,000 for Phase I projects (experimental or theoretical investigation on the proposed research or activity)) and two years and up to $500,000 for Phase II awards (principal research and development effort). Only a NSF SBIR Phase 1 grantee who successfully completes a Phase 1 project and submits an acceptable Phase 1 Final Report is eligible to submit a Phase II proposal. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted. Only businesses that are independently owned, controlled, and operated for-profit and with 500 or less employees are eligible to apply. Socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned businesses are particularly encouraged to propose. Each organization submitting a proposal must qualify as a small business for research and development purposes. The primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of the award. Contact National Science Foundation, Ritchie Coryell, Program Manager, National Science Foundation, SBIR Program, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 550, Arlington, VA 22230; 703-306-1391; Fax: 703-292-9057; {sbir@nsf.gov}; {www.eng.nsf.gov/sbir}.

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