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Grants: National Science Fdn and SBIR/STTR Grants

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to geology to zoology. In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports "high risk, high pay off" ideas, novel collaborations and projects that may seem like science fiction today, but may be commonplace tomorrow.

With an annual budget of $7.5 billion, NSF makes about 12,000 new grant awards each year, providing support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except  medical sciences. Most  opportunities related to renewable energy and energy efficiency are found in the Engineering Research Area.

There are four ways to find relevant NSF grant opportunities:

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) &

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants

The SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. The programs' goals are to:

-- Stimulate technological innovation
-- Foster technology transfer through cooperative R&D between small businesses and research institutions
-- Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D.

Ten agencies offer Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 SBIR/STTR grants. Information on the program can be obtained from the following links: