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NOAA Issues Call for SBIR Proposals

October 20th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Arkansas research-based small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Small Business Innovation Research program. NOAA’s three-fold mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. Through its SBIR program, NOAA seeks highly innovative products and services with excellent commercial potential that directly benefit the NOAA mission and greater market demands.

NOAA Phase I awards are up to $95,000 for a six-month period of performance. At Phase I, applicants are at the feasibility stage in the research and development of their products or services. The purpose of Phase I is to prove early-stage success of a project idea that directly relates to a NOAA research topic.

Topics in this solicitation:

  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies (2 subtopics)
  • Healthy Oceans (2 subtopics)
  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation (2 subtopics)
  • Weather-Ready Nation (2 subtopics)
  • Stakeholder Engagement (1 subtopic)
  • Data and Observations (1 subtopic)

Proposals are due by Jan. 14, 2015. NOAA’s solicitation is contracts based and they only accept proposals in hard-copy format (no electronic submission). Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to engage Kelly Wright, director of TPO, for technical feedback on research project ideas. Tips for communicating project ideas with agency program managers can be found here.

The solicitation mentions that NOAA encourages innovation in manufacturing by giving high priority, where feasible, to projects that can help the manufacturing sector through technological innovation aligned with the agency’s mission.

Be sure to watch the ASBTDC’s webinar featuring NOAA SBIR program manager Alan Rhodes to learn more about the NOAA SBIR program. Arkansas-based companies are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman for assistance with proposal development at rxnorman@ualr.edu or 501.683.7700.

Review the full NOAA SBIR solicitation