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NASA’s SBIR/STTR Subtopic Workshop – Registration Open

By SpaceRef Editor
August 16, 2016
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Attention technology entrepreneurs!

On August 15, 2016 NASA opened registration to our first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Subtopic Workshop. This workshop will provide small businesses and research institutions with a great opportunity to interact with SBIR/STTR program experts, NASA mission directorate representatives, and technologists!

Interested small business and research institution participants will have the option to participate virtually or in person for one or both days. The event will be hosted on September 12-13, 2016 at NASA Ames Research Center’s Building 3 Conference Center located at, Moffett Field, CA 94035. All in-person and virtual participants must register and participation is free. Registration closes on September 2, 2016.

The purpose of this workshop is to encourage two-way conversation between potential SBIR/STTR applicants and NASA experts on a set of technical topic areas. The planned session topics include:

Presentation 1: Small Spacecraft
Presentation 2: Machine Learning and Autonomous Systems
Presentation 3: Robotics for Planetary Missions
Presentation 4: Propulsion Systems – Launch, In-Space & Related Ground Technologies
Presentation 5: Entry, Descent, and Landing
Presentation 6: TBD
Presentation 7: Sensors, Detectors and Instruments
Presentation 8: Information Technology for Science Mission
Presentation 9: Power and Energy Storage
Presentation 10: Air Vehicle Technology Part 1
Presentation 11: Life Support, Habitation, Synthetic Biology
Presentation 12: Materials Manufacturing
Presentation 13: Air Vehicle Technology Part 2
Presentation 14: Airspace Operations and Safety and Integrated Flight Systems
Presentation 15: Space Communications and Navigation

At this workshop, participants will hear NASA’s experts outline the context for their technology needs within broader NASA technology strategy and SBIR/STTR’s role as part of this strategy. Participating NASA experts will present technical briefings followed by smaller breakout sessions for interested attendees. Participants will be able to converse with NASA on the associated technical topic areas at these breakout sessions. The information obtained through the workshop may result in small refinements to the FY17 SBIR/STTR solicitation, but the primary purpose of this workshop is to inform development of the FY18 SBIR/STTR solicitation.


The Registration website opened Monday, August 15, 2016 and will close Friday September 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM EDT. Visit to view the agenda, register for the event, and obtain directions to the facility and security requirements. More detailed information on the covered session topics will be released in advance of the event and will be posted on the same webpage.

Interested parties may register to attend in person or virtually, however no more than two representatives per company may attend. The venue capacity is 300 people per day, so in-person registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

The event will be conducted at the UNCLASSIFIED security level. See the registration website for NASA ARC visitor requirements. Non-U.S. Citizens will need to follow the proper procedure for badging with the International Visitor’s Office in order to access the NASA Conference Facility. Thus, all non-U.S. Citizens or non-permanent residents must register to attend no later than Friday, August 26, 2016.

Attendance at this meeting is FREE and voluntary. Participation is not required to propose to any existing or future announcements. Attendees are encouraged not to attempt to disclose propriety information at the workshop. NASA information presented at the workshop will be posted on the NASA SBIR/STTR webpage. NASA intends to have future opportunities for potential offerors to submit comments on the FY 2018 SBIR/STTR solicitation.

NOTE: NASA will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred to attend this workshop.
Thank you,

NASA SBIR/STTR Program Office

SpaceRef staff editor.