The National Science Foundation has released its SBIR 16-599 and STTR 16-600 solicitations. These are two separate solicitations, this cycle with the same deadline of Dec. 6 and now with the same maximum budget of $225,000 for a Phase I award with a duration of 6-12 months.
We’ve highlighted some key considerations for this cycle’s solicitations below. Note that this is not a comprehensive list, and it is always critical that you read the solicitation(s) carefully and then contact the relevant Program Director early in the process.
- Both the SBIR and STTR solicitations will consider proposals in 12 broad topic areas:
- Advanced Manufacturing and Nanotechnology (MN)
- Advanced Materials and Instrumentation (MI)
- Biological Technologies (BT)
- Biomedical Technologies (BM)
- Chemical and Environmental Technologies (CT)
- Educational Technologies and Applications (EA)
- Electronic Hardware, Robotics and Wireless Technologies (EW)
- Information Technologies (IT)
- Internet of Things (I)
- Other Topics (OT)
- Semiconductors (S) and Photonic (PH) Devices and Materials
- Smart Health (SH)
- Restrictions applicable to both programs include:
- Communication with the appropriate Program Director is strongly encouraged. A list of Program Directors is at this link. Relevant contact information along with instructions on what information to provide is also with the topic descriptions at this link.
It’s time to get started if you are considering an application to NSF. Don’t hesitate to contact the team at BBCetc if you have questions or for additional guidance.
Michael Kurek, PhD, is Partner, BBCetc and an expert in the NSF SBIR/STTR Program.