NASA Opens to New SBIR/STTR Proposals

November 30th, 2016 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative small businesses and partnering research institutions are encouraged to explore federal funding opportunities within the National Aeronautics Space Administration Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program.

NASA seeks SBIR/STTR proposals to research and develop\ new technologies with strong potential for transition into NASA mission programs and outside commercial markets.

NASA SBIR Phase I awards are typically $125,000 for 6-month project performance periods. STTR awards have a 12-month project performance period.

After Phase I awardees establish scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of their technologies to fulfill NASA needs, they have the opportunity to compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards are $750,000 for 2-year project performance periods. In Phase II, awardee companies have the opportunity to further develop, demonstrate and deliver their proposed innovations.

All Phase I proposals must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. CST on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Prospective applicants should note the following changes to this year’s solicitation:

  • Focus Areas: The research subtopics are now organized into focus areas that group NASA interests and related technologies. This change is intended to make it easier for proposers to understand related needs across the agency and identify subtopics that align with their research and development capabilities. NASA’s 22 focus areas are identified in Chapter 9 of the solicitation. Topics can be viewed on the agency’s program site as focus areas or sorted by technology taxonomy.
  • I-Corps: In partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA is offering select Phase I awardees the opportunity to participate in the NSF Innovation Corps Program. This educational program provides teams with applied guidance gathering commercial market information through direct customer engagement.
  • CCRPP: Eligible SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees (from any agency) have the option to submit applications to NASA’s FY17 Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program related to NASA interests. Preliminary information about the CCRPP will be released in late 2016.

Small businesses must register in NASA’s Electronic Handbook to begin the submission process. Applicants are encouraged to start the proposal process early to ensure adequate time for complete proposal submission.

Proposals are evaluated and scored using five factors: 1) Scientific/Technical Merit and Feasibility; 2) Experience, Qualification and Facilities; 3) Work Plan; 4) Commercial Potential and Feasibility; and 5) Price Reasonableness.

To ensure fairness, questions relating to the intent and/or content of research topics in this solicitation cannot be addressed during the Phase I solicitation period. Questions requesting clarification of proposal instructions and administrative matters will be addressed by the NASA Help Desk at or 301-937-0888.

In September, NASA held a SBIR/STTR subtopic workshop to provide valuable information for prospective program applicants. Presentations from this event can be accessed here.

Arkansas small businesses and their project partners are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman for proposal development assistance at or 501.683.7700.

NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation