NASA Opens to SBIR/STTR Proposals

November 19th, 2014 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative small firms are encouraged to explore new funding opportunities available through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Phase I Technology Transfer program for the 2015 fiscal year.

NASA requests proposals from small businesses and their university partners that support the development of new technologies in the fields of aeronautics research, human exploration and operations and science. Proposals are due by January 28, 2015.

NASA has released two separate solicitations. The SBIR Select program comprises a small group of select topics of particular interest to NASA. Last year, companies were limited to 3 proposals under SBIR Select. The open period for submitting questions to NASA program managers for the SBIR Select Solicitation is Nov. 14-28.

Review NASA SBIR Select solicitation
Review the full NASA SBIR/STTR solicitation

The purpose of the Select Phase I program is to determine scientific, technical, and commercial merit of the proposed innovation and the quality of the small business’s team performance. The maximum award size is $125,000 for a six-month period of performance. Participating NASA Mission Directorates include Human Exploration and Operations and Science. There are three total subtopics within this solicitation – one under Human Exploration and two under the Science Mission.

The full, traditional SBIR/STTR solicitation contains both SBIR and STTR topics. Companies can submit no more than 10 proposals in response to this solicitation and are limited to no more than five SBIR contracts and two STTR contracts. There are three topics within this solicitation: Air Vehicle Technology (8 subtopics); Integrated Flight Systems (2 subtopics); and Airspace Operations and Safety (3 subtopics).

Arkansas-based company Space Photonics has been highly successful in winning SBIR awards from NASA. Learn more about this company through its website.

Any Arkansas-based company or university researcher who would like more information about the SBIR/STTR program or assistance with proposal development are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman at 501.683.7700 or