What are the requirements for the Principal Investigator (PI) in the proposal?

The Principal Investigator (PI) in an SBIR proposal must be primarily employed by the company submitting the proposal. That means they must spend at least 50% of their time working on the startup. This means the PI cannot be a full time faculty member at an academic institution, or a full time employee of another company.

This is what the SBIR.GOV site says about the Principal Investigator and the proposing firm:

"For SBIR, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business, and the proposing firm must perform at least 2/3rds of the R&D work in Phase I and at least 1/2 in Phase II".


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