Submit Your Project Pitch
Are you interested in applying for funding from the National Science Foundation? We recently changed our process to include a required first step - the Project Pitch. The goal of the Project Pitch is to get startups and small businesses (formed and unformed) quick feedback, and to save time and effort, when applying for Phase I funding from America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF – the NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.
Rather than spending days to prepare a full proposal and waiting up to one month to obtain the required registrations, startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they meet the program’s minimum requirements. They will also get additional guidance and feedback from NSF staff.
If your Project Pitch is a good fit for the program, you will receive an official invitation from NSF to submit a full proposal. If you’re not invited to submit, you’ll be told why your project is not appropriate for the program. We hope this new process provides you with timely, useful feedback and saves your small business time and effort.
More details about the NSF’s new process and eligibility requirements can be found our program website. We encourage you to review this information before submitting your Project Pitch.
Contact Information of submitting Company Officer and/or prospective project Technical Lead:
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