FY 2015 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites small businesses to submit Phase I research applications under this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO). Firms with strong research capabilities in any of the areas listed in Section 9 of the Full Announcement/ FFO document are encouraged to participate. Applications not addressing one of the subtopics in Section 9 are not responsive to this FFO. The NIST FY 2015 SBIR program identifies and solicits applications in subtopics that fall within NIST’s mission and allow collaboration between NIST scientists and the SBIR awardees whenever possible. In order to ensure a greater strategic alignment between the NIST SBIR program and our laboratory research program, the SBIR topics are the priority areas identified in the NIST Programmatic Plan available at: http://www.nist.gov/director/planning/planning.cfm.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/14/2015 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Each applicant for both Phase I and Phase II must qualify as a small business concern for R/R&D purposes, as defined in Section 1.06 of this FFO, at the time of award. In addition, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of the award and during the conduct of the proposed research. Primary employment means that more than one-half of the principal investigator's time is spent working with the small business. Primary employment with a small business precludes full-time employment with another organization. Occasionally, deviations from this requirement may occur, and must be approved in writing by the NIST Grants Officer after consultation with the SBIR Program Manager. Further, a small business may replace the principal investigator on an SBIR Phase I or Phase II award, subject to approval in writing by the NIST Grants Officer. Personnel obtained through a Professional Employer Organization or other similar personnel leasing company may be considered employees of the awardee. Also see Section 1.03 of this FFO.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
Electronic applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, May 15, 2015. Paper applications must be received by NIST by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 15, 2015.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Christopher Hunton
Grants Technical Assistant
Phone 301-975-5718
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information


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