About NSF Supplemental Funding

NSF supplemental funding is designed to foster partnerships between Community Colleges and the small business community while increasing participation of underrepresented groups in both academic and small business research through encouraging careers in STEM fields. The grant is the result of a collaboration between the NSF's Division of Industrial Innovation, the Alliance’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, and the Division of Undergraduate Education.  

Funding Areas

SBIR supplements: This  NSF funding stimulates technological innovation in the private sector by strengthening the role of small businesses in research and development, increasing the commercial application of federally supported research results, and fostering and encouraging participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses. 

STTR supplements: This NSF funding allows researchers at universities and other non-profit research institutions to work with small businesses to advance commercially promising ideas while remaining employed at their institution, which helps to encourage cooperation and partnerships between small companies and researchers.

Funding Phases

Phase I: NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage R&D at small businesses and startups, with a focus on hard science and engineering technology with high technical risk and potential for significant commercial or societal impact.

Phase II: The Small Business Community College Research Teams Supplement (SBIR/STTR Phase II-CC) will award research supplements to existing SBIR/STTR Phase II grantees that are able to host a research team from a Community College. This supplement opportunity is intended to further SBIR/STTR Phase II research and facilitate progress toward their grant goals while providing a substantial scientific research experience for the Community College research team.

Project Experts

David R. Brown, Ph.D
Project Expert


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

Grant Resources

Learn more about NSF supplemental funding from the National Science Foundation.