NASA Revamps Technology Commercialization Readiness Program

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December 12, 2016 – NASA is re-introducing an updated Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CCRPP) to further advance innovative technology with high potential for commercial impact. This program is being offered to small businesses that have successfully completed Phase II awards under any federal agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. NASA will match the investments with SBIR/STTR program funds up to $2 million for each CCRPP award.

“The SBIR and STTR Programs are America’s Seed Fund. One of our goals is to create more opportunities to transition and commercialize technologies funded by the program,” said Jenn Gustetic, SBIR/STTR program executive for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “During 2017 NASA is providing a couple of opportunities to accelerate commercialization, including the opportunity for program year 2017 Phase I awardees to participate in NSF’s I-Corps™ program and re-introducing a modified CCRPP program.”

NASA’s CCRPP is available to small businesses that:

  • Have a completed* SBIR/STTR Phase II awards (from any federal agency) from solicitations issued from 2010 through 2014; (*Exception: NASA SBIR/STTR Phase II awards from the 2014 solicitation may apply even if their contract is not completed.)

  • Have not yet received a CCRPP award from any federal agency for the Phase II technology associated with the Phase II award in item 1;

  • Have secured an investor(s) willing to contribute matching funding to the maturation of the technology detailed in the application of research related to NASA interests. Investor(s) must be external to the NASA SBIR/STTR Program.

  • To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate maturation of the Phase II technology that aligns with NASA interests. The technology proposed for advancement toward commercialization should have a strong relevance to NASA’s missions as well as a strong potential use by NASA and/or markets outside of NASA beyond the CCRPP investment.

    Eligible small business firms may submit a CCRPP application for the 2017 award cycle between March 1 and March 31, 2017 through the NASA SBIR/STTR Electronic Handbook (EHB) accessible via the public website: http://sbir.nasa.gov. A notice of opportunity to participate in NASA’s CCRPP has been posted on FedBizOps. .

    For more information about the CCRPP, visit:

    http://sbir.nasa.gov/content/post-phase-ii-initiatives