R&D Funding Available for Emerging Biological Technologies

August 20, 2012

The National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Grant Program - Phase I Solicitation for fiscal year 2013 is open. The SBTT Program stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small business concerns in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. 

The STTR research topic for this solicitation is Enhancing the Bioeconomy Using Emerging Biological Technologies. Proposals must use a biologically-based approach to address business opportunities in key industry sectors. Under this solicitation, a letter of intent is due by November 20, 2012 and a full proposal must be submitted by December 20, 2012.

STTR Phase I proposals may be submitted for funding up to $225,000. STTR Phase I projects are for 12 months. The program expects to make approximately 25 fixed amount awards. The anticipated funding amount is approximately $5,625,000 (subject to the availability of funds and the quality of proposals). Award notification is typically within five months from the proposal submission deadline date. All awards will have an effective date of July 1, 2013.

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