This proposal template is based on multiple real and successful Phase I proposals that all received funding. It can be hard to know exactly how to structure a proposal, especially if you haven’t submitted one before but this approach is guaranteed to save you hours of research and give you a head start to securing real money for your business.
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The template includes key section headings, structure, required detail, word counts and tips for each section.
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How Much Grant Money Is Awarded?
In 2022 funding amounts for a Phase I SBIR grant were raised to $275,000 and are staying at this level for 2023.
First, the SBIR program is constantly being updated so keep an eye on the most recent published guidelines (NSF SBIR Phase I Solicitation 2023).
There are 10 sections to a full proposal. I recommend starting a separate folder for each of these to collect and compile the necessary information.
- Project Summary
- Project Description (15 pages) [Downloadable Template]
- References Cited
- Budget(s) [Downloadable Template]
- Budget Justification(s)
- Facilities, Equipment and Other Resources [Downloadable Template]
- Senior Personnel Documents
- Data Management Plan
- Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan (Conditionally required)
- Supplemental Documents
Many of these sections have downloadable fillable templates. Others will simply be pdfs that you create and upload.
The meat of the proposal is the 15-page project description. Accordingly, this is where an example or template could be extremely useful.
Luckily, our free NSF SBIR template is all you need to get started.