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2021 SBIR R&D Opportunities with NIST

Category: Business Feb 22, 2021


Now through April 14, 2021, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications on seven Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics with funding up to $100,000 per project. Small science and technology-based firms with strong research capabilities in the following areas are encouraged to submit applications.

  • Advanced Communications, Networks and Scientific Data Systems
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Material Measurements 
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science and Measurement Dissemination 
  • Health and Biological Systems Measurements
  • Physical Infrastructure and Resilience 
  • Exploratory Measurement Science

Applications must identify and address a specific NIST technical program area that falls within one of these research areas or a NIST-patented technology available for licensing.

“Improving advanced manufacturing processes, software, or equipment requires dedicated resources,” says Benjamin Moses, Director of Manufacturing Technology at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology that owns and operates IMTS. “A NIST SBIR grant can help you dedicate resources to realizing your innovation.”

Application details can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. See the NIST website for more information on the NIST SBIR Program, and for a list of NIST technologies available for licensing, visit the website of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. The closing date for applications is April 14, 2021.

The mission of the federal SBIR program is to “support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy.” The SBIR Phase I funding should be used to establish the technical merit, feasibility and commercial potential of the proposed research and development efforts. Successful projects may be eligible for additional funding in later phases of the program.

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