ONAMI Science Entrepreneur Webinars: How America’s Seed Fund, powered by NSF, supports science-based startups


The National Science Foundation invested about $200 million this year into hundreds of startups and small businesses founded around innovative, high-risk technologies. These firms are working on proving out the next generation of game-changing innovations, in fields from synthetic biology to the internet of things to autonomous vehicles to bio-based materials. For a majority of these firms, NSF support represents the first outside funding into the company, and over three-quarters of them have five or fewer employees. Senior Program Director Ben Schrag will discuss how histeam at the Small Business Innovation Research program selects, supports, and accelerates these companies. He’ll also discuss some personal insights and lessons learned over eight years of working closely with over two hundred science-based technology businesses.


Ben Schrag is Senior Program Director, SBIR/STTR at National Science Foundation, and has a PhD in Physics from Brown University and a BA in Physics from Reed College.  Ben also has startup co-founder experience as Director of R&D at Micro Magnetics, a Fall River, MA manufacturer of miniaturized magnetic sensors and related applications.  In his program director role, and with his startup experience, Ben has been an invaluable friend to Oregon science-based startups such as Inpria and Amorphyx.

The National Science Foundation pioneered the SBIR program, aka America's Seed Fund