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  1. Contact us. Providing specific details about your project and research needs will help us to better assist in the matching process. You can fill out the form below, or contact us directly by phone or email
  2. Get matched. Our team will help you to select the Community College research team that can best support your research project. 
  3. Receive assistance. Complete your application for NSF funding for submission using the NSF FastLane online application system. If you need assistance with the application process, we’re here to help. Or, read this guide to get started.

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Eligibility

This project works for businesses conducting NSF-funded research in two areas: 
  • NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
  • Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR)

Learn more about these funding areas to help you decide if this program is right for you.

Requirements and Deadlines

Deadlines: There are no deadlines for the submission of a Phase II-CC supplemental request, but it is recommended that it be submitted as early in the fiscal year as possible to ensure the availability of funds.

Supplemental Request Preparation Instructions: Requests must be submitted according to the official instructions available on the NSF website. 

The Project Description is limited to 5-10 pages; single spaced, and must include the following components:

  • Clear description of the project activity including a section describing the connection of the research with the community college team;
  • Justification of the funds requested, with a supporting budget;
  • Identification of key personnel who will lead the effort at the small business and at the community college.

Budgetary Information: Budgets for SBIR/STTR Phase II-CC supplemental funding request may not exceed $40,000. At least 75% of this supplemental funding is required to be budgeted as a sub-award to the Community College. No more than 25% of this supplemental finding can be budgeted for the SBIR/STTR firm including overhead. The hourly rate of salary/wage for each budgeted employee, the rate of fringe benefits, the rate of indirect costs and the rate of fee cannot exceed those in the final budget of the current Phase II award.

Review Process: Requests for supplemental funding submitted in response to this Dear Colleague Letter will be jointly reviewed by National Science Foundation program officers in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Directorate for Engineering and the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

The supplemental funding request will be reviewed for:

  • the technical objectives and how they fit with the technical objectives of the Phase II award;
  • how this supplemental effort will help the commercialization of the product identified in the Phase II award; and
  • how the proposed research takes advantage of the capabilities of the Community Colleges

For more detailed information, read the official NSF Dear Colleague letter.

MESA: Supporting STEM for Under-Represented Students

Businesses working with the Alliance for Innovation program are encouraged to utilize our connection with the Community College Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) programs, active on 35 of California’s Community College campuses.  

The MESA program is one of many successful programs at California Community Colleges designed to help students reach their academic and career goals in STEM fields. Over the past 40 years, MESA has empowered traditionally underrepresented students to transfer to top colleges and universities and go on to become doctors, engineers, astrophysicists, scientists, and teachers in an array of fields. Through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, MESA is an academic partnership with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), which serves economically disadvantaged California Community College students at 35 of California’s 112 Community Colleges. 

Learn more about MESA



Project Experts

David R. Brown, Ph.D
Project Expert

drb.stem.ed@gmail.com

Foundation Contacts

Joshua Modlin
Senior Specialist
T: 916.325.1852
E: jmodlin@foundationccc.org

Iris Aguilar
Director of Environmental Programs and Special Projects
T: 916.325.1858
E: iaguilar@foundationccc.org

Media Contact

Joshua Modlin
Senior Specialist
T: 916.325.1852
E: jmodlin@foundationccc.org

Iris Aguilar
Director of Environmental Programs and Special Projects
T: 916.325.1858
E: iaguilar@foundationccc.org

Fact Sheet

Download the Alliance for Innovation
Fact Sheet for Businesses