Press Release

Nine Small Business Projects Selected for Further Development

By SpaceRef Editor
January 25, 2002
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NASA has selected nine research proposals for negotiation
of Phase 2 contract awards for its 2000 Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.

Phase 2 continues development of the most promising previously
selected Phase 1 projects. Selection criteria include
scientific and technical merit, future importance and eventual
value of the innovation to NASA, company capabilities, and
commercial potential. Funding for Phase 2 contracts may be up
to $500,000 for a two-year performance period.

A total of 15 Phase 2 proposals were submitted by contractors
completing Phase 1 projects. All proposals were peer-reviewed
for both technical merit and commercial potential. The
combined award total for the nine Phase 2 contracts is
expected to be $4.5 million.

The goals of the STTR 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 federally funded research results. Two of
the nine companies being announced today are disadvantaged

The program also requires small businesses to conduct
cooperative research and development by partnering with a
research institution.

The NASA STTR Program Management Office is located at the
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., with executive
oversight by NASA’s Office of Aerospace Technology. Individual
STTR projects are managed by NASA’s field centers.

A listing of the selected companies can be found on the
Internet at:

SpaceRef staff editor.