The National Science Foundation has released its 2010 SBIR solicitation. This year, Phase I Awards have increased from $100,000 to $150,000.
Proposals for these 6-month awards will be due before 5:00 PM on June 9th and must address a subtopic within one of the following broad categories:
- Biotech and Chemical Technologies (BC)
- Education Applications (EA)
- Information and Communication Technologies (IC)
- Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (NM)
There are other changes this year, so be sure to read the solicitation carefully for full details and instructions.
Besides adhering to a specific topic and subtopic, proposals must have:
- Sufficient commercial potential to justify review
- Sufficient technical substance to justify review
- Research proposed in science, engineering, or education
All proposals are submitted through NSF's Fastlane electronic submission system. Be sure to register early as this process can take days or weeks depending on the volume of requests.