1. Eligible companies must have a current Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). To register, log in to the Corporation module using the Company Officer's or Principal Investigator's email and the company's seven-digit award number as the password. Please note, these are the email addresses the companies provided to the NSF when applying for the SBIR grant. Upon logging in, you will be given the opportunity to create a unique password. Once registered, submit available research opportunities for recent STEM-related discipline Ph.D. recipients based on the company's SBIR award projects. The company's award title and abstract will appear for your reference. We ask that the fellow's proposed research topic be related to the SBIR award. The company may submit a proposed research opportunity for each award; however, in the end, each company will be awarded only one fellow.
  2. Eligible applicants register to begin the application process. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. permanent residents, and must have received a Ph.D. degree in a NSF-supported science, technology, engineering or mathematical (STEM) discipline in the seven years prior to the application date. (Anticipated Ph.D. candidates may apply for the fellowship but may not start the program, if selected, until the degree is received.) Applicants must not have received a prior postdoctoral fellowship in a corporate laboratory for a term of more than six months.
  3. Applicants submit information online regarding their citizenship, academic background, resume, awards and honors, final transcripts showing the date the Ph.D. was awarded, and three references.
  4. Applicants then apply to a specific current posted research opportunity by submitting a research proposal that is five (5) pages or less to the company. Applicants may apply to one or more positions. It is suggested that prior to application, applicants contact the individual at the company whose information is listed for that position to discuss the opportunity.
  5. Companies will be able to view applications as they are submitted, and will be responsible for making selection decisions. Neither NSF nor ASEE will make selection decisions. Each company, through its online module, will be able to 'Approve' or 'Deny' each applicant. It is advised that companies contact applicants before making a final selection decision. The company will notify ASEE they are ready to enter into an agreement.
  6. ASEE will review the proposed pairing. The applicant and the company must meet eligibility requirements.  If the applicant is deemed eligible, the application, including the applicant's research proposal, will be checked for completeness. ASEE will then supply an Appointment Agreement first to the company and upon their signature, to the applicant. The applicant will also be required to submit proof of citizenship status at this time. Once both signed agreements are received, the applicant becomes a program fellow. Program benefits are then awarded to the company and/or fellow for a term of one (1) year.
  7. The research mentor will submit to ASEE the Comprehensive Work Plan. Research fellow and mentor are required to submit six-month and one-year reports summarizing progress toward the goals of the appointment.

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