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  • #1881
    dtx1
    Participant

    For an NSF SBIR, It is unclear to me to whom the letters of support should be addressed to — the PI or the NSF Reviewers & Committee.

    #1901
    Wout@EGC
    Moderator

    Hi,

    Letters of Support are usually addressed to the PI for a NSF SBIR.

    -Wout

    #1904
    dtx1
    Participant

    thank you!

    #1906
    dtx1
    Participant

    From what I understand, the best letters of support will come from people in industry related to your proposal. But is that to say that academics with expertise in your area are not viable (I have heard mixed opinions on this)? For example, we have an academic expert as part of our Scientific Advisory Board — would this not provide a strong support letter as well?

    #1910
    Wout@EGC
    Moderator

    Hi,

    It is best to provide a variety of background in your Letters of Support. Having an industry expert voice their support is generally good for supporting the commercial traction of your proposal/innovation. Having an academic expert voice their support for your innovation generally helps support the innovation section and technical description. Other popular angles for Letters include potential customers and beneficiaries.

    One note on soliciting letters from your advisory board, while this may help express confidence in the scientific rationale behind the innovation, it may be perceived as lacking outside enthusiasm as that individual has already some degree of vested interest in your innovation. An outside academic expert would be preferred in this case.

    -Wout

    #1912
    dtx1
    Participant

    thanks!

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