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How to Apply

The Opportunity



The program uses experiential education to help researchers gain valuable insight into entrepreneurship, starting a business or industry requirements and challenges. The opportunity enables the transformation of the invention to impact. The curriculum integrates scientific inquiry and industrial discovery in an inclusive, data-driven culture driven by rigor, relevance, and evidence. Through this program training, researchers can reduce the time to translate a promising idea from the laboratory to the marketplace. You will find that the program is developing and nurturing a national innovation network to guide scientific research toward the development of solutions to benefit society.

Research Areas


NSF is divided into the following seven directorates that support science and engineering research and education: Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, and Education and Human Resources. Each is headed by an assistant director and each is further subdivided into divisions like materials research, ocean sciences, and behavioral and cognitive sciences. Within NSF's Office of the Director, the Office of Integrative Activities also supports research and researchers. Other sections of NSF are devoted to financial management, award processing, and monitoring, legal affairs, outreach, and other functions.

Biological Sciences (BIO)

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)

Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Engineering (ENG)

Environmental Research and Education (ERE)

Geosciences (GEO)

Integrative Activities (OIA)

International Science and Engineering (OISE)

Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS)

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)

About Funding


The Program funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.

Preview the Project Pitch


Contact us for the pitch information

Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks 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.

Submit your Project Pitch (required)


Submit your Project Pitch using our services to assist ensure the form is completely filled out and is a good fit for this program.

Processing time: Up to three weeks.

Register your company (FREE and required)


f your company hasn’t worked with the government before, you’ll need to register with these systems. You MUST have completed your registration BEFORE you can begin entering your proposal in FastLane. Start as soon as possible! using BAM Consulting. 

The Typical Timeline


The following with mark your benchmarks to ensure your time management opportunity. BAM Consulting can assist you throughout the requirements, help write your proposal, and ensure all steps of the grant are met. 

Submission window closes

There are four submission windows for Phase I proposals in 2020 and the last one is as follows:
September 4, 2020 - December 3, 2020

1-3 months after
the window closes

Applications undergo merit reviews.

4-6 months after
the window closes

We'll notify you whether your proposal is accepted or declined.

5-6 months after
the window closes

If your proposal is accepted, you'll receive funding of up to $256,000 and begin Phase I research and development.

6-24 months after
beginning Phase I

Apply for Phase II funding. (Note- Only small businesses with a Phase I award can submit a Phase II proposal).
For Phase II proposals in 2020: TBA

1-3 months after
the window closes

Phase II proposals undergo merit reviews.

4-6 months after
the window closes

We'll notify you whether your proposal is accepted or declined.

5-6 months after
the window closes

If your Phase II proposal is accepted, you'll receive funding of up to $1 million and begin Phase II research and development toward commercialization.

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