Proposal Example – NSF SBIR Phase 1

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This is a 100% real 15-page proposal that successfully won an NSF SBIR Phase 1 award. I know because I was the Principal Investigator (PI). You can look it up here.

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This proposal contains a full 15-page Project Description plus the required Project Summary and References Cited sections:

  • Project Summary (1 page)
  • Project Description (15 pages)
    • Elevator Pitch
    • Commercial Opportunity
    • The Technical Solution
    • The Company/Team
    • Intellectual Merits
    • Broader Impacts
  • References cited (4 pages)

Other than some minor redactions for confidential information like names and identifying information this proposal is 100% the original submitted to the NSF SBIR Review Panel. Note that the formatting has been updated to reflect the most updated NSF guidelines.


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3 reviews for Proposal Example – NSF SBIR Phase 1

  1. Robin

    Really helped to understand what is expected for each section of the Project Description, especially the Commercial section. Great product.

  2. Sam

    Just as advertised. This will save our team a ton of time.

  3. Kevin F.

    Super useful! Just what I was looking for to understand how to best construct these proposals. Thanks for sharing.

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