Chibitronics Awarded NSF SBIR Phase II Grant

The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D 

Wilmington, Del., July 01, 2023 – Chibitronics Inc. has been awarded a Phase II National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $991,408, following its previous NSF SBIR Phase 1 award of $255,928.

With this funding, Chibitronics will continue its research and development of Circuit Sketcher, a cloud-based software platform and physical toolkit that allows users to design, test, and fabricate paper circuits using a simple graphical user interface and everyday desktop machines like printers and digital cutters.

“Chibitronics’ mission is to make coding and engineering accessible through the arts, so that those who may not otherwise be interested in STEM feel inspired to join in,” said Jie Qi, co-founder and CEO of Chibitronics. “This funding allows us to support that mission by creating simple, affordable tools for beginners to create, share, replicate and remix circuit designs like they would with digital drawings. Our new software will also make it easy to then digitally fabricate these circuits using affordable desktop tools and our paper circuit toolkits.”

About Chibitronics: Founded in 2014 by Jie Qi and Andrew “bunnie” Huang, Chibitronics creates STEM education toolkits that allow students and creators of all backgrounds to integrate technology and art. Chibitronics provides free, high quality tutorials, classroom-tested lesson plans for educators, and detailed how-to guides and videos. For more information about Chibitronics, visit: For the latest updates on Chibitronics, please sign up for our monthly newsletter at  

About the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Programs: America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $2 million to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.5 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. To learn more about America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, visit:

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Chibitronics Awarded NSF SBIR Phase II Grant
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