Real-time Support for SBIR Proposal Package Preparation.
Timing matters. Run concurrently with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) SBIR/STTR open submission window, Arrowhead Center’s SBIR Accelerator (ACSA) provides the structure and support you need to put together a strong proposal package.
Do you have a transformative technology or innovative idea with commercial potential?
The ACSA Model
Putting together a strong SBIR proposal takes time. Drawing on the resources and expertise of NM FAST, ACSA provides a guided, structured track of support, from registration to submission. Throughout the 12-week program, participants will receive guidance on areas such as preparing and submitting a Project Pitch, creating actionable Letters of Support, and creating a complete proposal package that adheres to NSF requirements. Each week focuses on an aspect of proposal package development and culminates with a submission to NSF.
Weekly, participants can expect to:
- Attend a virtual meeting
- Complete a portion of their proposal package
- Receive feedback, guidance, and support from NM FAST
This ACSA agency-specific program focuses on the NSF’s SBIR/STTR programs. The NSF SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. NSF funds deep technologies – those that are based on discoveries in fundamental science and engineering – in a variety of functional technology topic areas. The only scientific discovery areas that NSF will typically not fund are related to drug discovery and clinical trials.
NSF utilizes the Project Pitch as a “first-pass” to see if you meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. If your Project Pitch is a good fit for the program, you will receive an official invitation from NSF to submit a full proposal, and you will continue on with cohort activities. If you Project Pitch is rejected, NM FAST staff will work with you on refining your Project Pitch and developing one that more closely aligns with NSF’s needs for their SBIR/STTR programs.
Through the ACSA program, you’ll receive targeted support on the following areas of proposal development:
- Project Pitch
- Topic matching
- Letter(s) of support
- Grant writing
- Budget creation
The NM FAST program will help you facilitate a meeting or phone call with an appropriate NSF program director, conduct a professional review of your completed proposal package, and be on-call during the submission process.
Economic Development Officer
A member of the NM FAST team for five years, Del has extensive experience in helping clients prepare SBIR/STTR proposal packages for every agency.
Owner and President
Greenwood Consulting Group
Jim Greenwood and his wife, Gail, have been involved in the SBIR program since its inception in 1983. The Greenwoods have taught SBIR/STTR workshops in 48 states plus Puerto Rico.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ACSA cost?
What is the time commitment for participation?
Does participation in ACSA guarantee me a SBIR award?
I don’t live in Las Cruces – can I still participate?
I don’t have grant writing experience – can I still participate?
Do I have to participate in the Pitch workshop if I am accepted?
What happens if I don’t have a Project Pitch?
This accelerator is an initiative of the NM FAST program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration