Cohort Dates: August 3 – December 3, 2021. (The next cohort starts in mid-December, 2021.)

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Access $1.75M for your transformative project with strong commercial potential. The NSF SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. The NSF has more than $250M in the Fiscal Year 2021 to fund high-risk, high-payoff projects across the spectrum of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing.

NSF Project Pitch.  Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a Project Pitch will know in about one month if they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk.  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. Read more here.

Your NSF formal invitation is your ticket to participate in the NSF SBIR/STTR Cohort. We provide expert assistance in collaboration with you and your team to prepare a high-quality proposal. On Tuesday (at a mutually agreed time), we meet with you to write your application.  These weekly meetings allow you to get the answers you need to write your proposal. This is an iterative process that requires at least 150 -200 hours.    

The Cohort content includes, but not limited to:

  • NSF SBIR/STTR General Overview
  • Electronic Registrations
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Proposal Elements
  • Broader Impacts
  • Intellectual Merit
  • Project Description
  • Project Summary
  • The Elevator Pitch
  • The Commercial Opportunity
  • The Innovation
  • The Company/Team
  • The Intellectual Merit: Technical Discussion/R&D Plan
  • Budget, Subaward Budgets, and Budget Justification
  • Indirect Cost Rate Determination
  • Collaborators and Other Affiliations
  • Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources