Press Release

NASA Selects Small Business Research and Technology Projects

By SpaceRef Editor
November 19, 2004
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NASA Selects Small Business Research and Technology Projects

NASA has selected 290 Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) and 40 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
research proposals for Phase 1 contract negotiations. The
selected SBIR projects have a total value of approximately
$20.2 million and the STTR projects have a total value of
approximately $4.0 million.

The SBIR contracts will be awarded to 219 small high-
technology firms in 36 states. The STTR contracts will be
awarded to 39 small high-technology firms in 17 states.

The goals of the NASA SBIR program are to stimulate
technological innovation; increase the use of small business,
including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, in meeting
federal research and development needs; and increase private
sector commercialization of innovations derived from
federally funded research. The goals of the NASA STTR program
are similar to the SBIR program; however, the STTR program
requires a collaborative research effort between a small
business concern and a research institution. This type of
technology stimulation is aligned with the Exploration
Systems Mission Directorate’s approach and will support the
Vision for Space Exploration.

NASA evaluated 2,149 SBIR proposals and 119 STTR proposals
submitted by U.S.-owned small business concerns. Selected
proposals may receive up to $70,000 for an SBIR contract and
up to $100,000 for an STTR contract.

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, the small business may
submit a Phase 2 proposal. Phase 2 continues development of
the most promising Phase 1 projects. Phase 2 contracts are
funded up to $600,000 for a performance period up to 2 years.

The SBIR/STTR program management office is hosted at NASA’s
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., with executive
oversight by NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate,
Washington. Individual SBIR and STTR projects are managed by
NASA’s ten field installations.

A listing of the selected companies is available on the
Internet at:

SpaceRef staff editor.