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The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program solicits from small businesses scientific and engineering related R&D proposals that respond to specific technical needs described in the annual Solicitation. Only proposals responding to those specific technical needs expressed in the NIST Solicitation will be reviewed and evaluated for possible funding. The NIST SBIR Program awards cooperative agreements for its awards. Information regarding NIST SBIR subtopics will be made available only via the Solicitation. See the Schedule for information on the next open period.

SBIR supports creative advanced research in important scientific and engineering areas and is designed to encourage the conversion of government-funded R&D into technological innovation and commercial application. SBIR research can lead to important new technology, major breakthroughs, innovative new products, and next-generation products or processes. The program funds the gap from a research-based idea to a prototype that many industrial and venture capital companies find difficult to support.

NIST is Joining the SBIR Road Tour!

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The first tour, in the South East Region, takes places March 24-27, 2015.

SBIR Road Tour


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NIST FY 2015 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO)
      Open 3/9/2015 
      Close 5/15/2105

FFO Announcement on

FY 2015 SBIR Cover Sheet

Submit Questions regarding the FY 2015 Subtopics.

View submitted Questions & Answers.

FY 2015 Topics: Advanced Manufacturing, Climate Change & Clean Energy, Cybersecurity, Health Care & Bioscience and Technology Transfer.

NIST anticipates 10 Phase I awards of up to $100,000 each for the FY 2015 solicitation.

To request a copy of the solicitation, please see the contacts below.


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Mary Clague
SBIR Program Manager
Phone: 301-975-4188

J'aime Maynard
SBIR Administrator
Phone: 301-975-8408

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 2200
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2200
fax: 301-975-3482