America’s Seed Fund – National Science Foundation

We focus on transforming scientific and engineering discoveries into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The deep technologies we fund show promise but their success hasn’t yet been validated. And, each year, we award $200+ million in research and development (R&D) funding to about 400 startups across the United States. America’s Seed Fund is a program within the National Science Foundation and housed within the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships.


Our Mission

Our goals are to foster innovation and help create businesses and jobs in all areas of the United States, and small businesses funded by our program have since gone on to tremendous success, changing industries, and helping people and the planet.

We are a congressionally mandated program — Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).


What We Do

We fund startups to create the next game-changing technologies — often based on fundamental science or engineering — in need of research and development to create new products, services, and other scalable solutions. The project we fund must have the potential to positively benefit society and to lead to significant outcomes in the commercial market. Most of the startups we fund have fewer than five employees, are recently formed and haven’t received funding from the government before.

Check out our portfolio to get a sense of our founders’ work.

Services Provided

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Technology Grants (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)

Product Development

  • R & D Support (Specialty)

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization (Specialty)
  • High Tech Development (Specialty)
  • Technology Transfer (Specialty)
Contact Information
America’s Seed Fund Information
2415 Eisenhower Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22314