Opportunities For Small Businesses To Advance Innovative Technologies

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

November 21, 2016 – NASA is seeking proposals from small businesses and research institutions for research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that will have potential for successful transition of technology into NASA mission programs and other markets through the 2017 NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program solicitation.

“The SBIR and STTR programs seek to empower small businesses to deliver technological innovation that contributes to NASA’s interests, provides societal benefit, and grows the U.S. economy”, said Jenn Gustetic, SBIR/STTR program executive for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “We do this by creating opportunities through awards to leverage small business knowledge and technology development. I’m excited to see what kinds of companies and technologies enter our innovation pipeline in the FY17 cycle”.

This year, the 127 subtopics are organized into groupings called “focus areas.” Focus areas are a way of grouping NASA interests and related technologies with the intent of making it easier for proposers to understand related needs across the agency and identify subtopics where their research and development capabilities may be a good match. NASA will give primary consideration to the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposal and its benefit to NASA.

SBIR Phase I awards have a maximum contract value of $125,000 for a period of performance over six months, and 12 months for STTR to establish the scientific, technical and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed innovation in fulfillment of NASA needs. Phase I awardees can then apply for Phase II awards, valued up to $750,000 for up to two additional years, that are focused on the development, demonstration, and delivery of the proposed innovation. Phase III, or the commercialization of an innovation, may occur after successful completion of Phase II.

This year’s solicitation offers a commercialization assistance pilot. NASA is partnering with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to offer a subset of selected Phase I contractors the opportunity to compete and participate in NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program. I-Corps educates teams on how to translate technologies from the laboratory into the marketplace.

NASA SBIR/STTR proposers interested in participating in the I-Corps Program are invited to join the monthly NSF I-Corps introductory webinar via teleconference and WebEx on Tuesday, December 6 at 12 p.m. MST, or on Tuesday, January 3 at 12 p.m. MST, to learn key aspects of the program, including contacts, curriculum, and important dates.

NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, manages the SBIR and STTR Programs for NASA under STMD. STMD is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. The solicitation was released on November 17 and will close on January 20, 2017.

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