NASA SBIR/STTR Blog

From out-of-this-world technologies that help us research and explore space, to state-of-the-art innovations that improve life on Earth, small businesses make an impact through the NASA SBIR/STTR program. This blog features perspectives from program participants, including small businesses and research institutions, as well as other materials to help guide you on your SBIR/STTR journey.

We update regularly, so be on the lookout for new resources and insight to support you!

NASA, ICON Advance Lunar Construction Technology for Moon Missions

Posted 11/29/2022

NASA has awarded ICON, located in Austin, a contract to develop construction technologies that could help build infrastructure such as landing pads, habitats, and roads on the lunar surface. The award is a continuation of ICON's work under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) dual-use contract with the U.S. Air Force, partly funded by NASA. The new NASA SBIR Phase III award will support the development of ICON's Olympus construction system, which is designed to use local resources on the Moon and Mars as building materials.

A new award from NASA will support ICON in developing construction technology that could be used on the Moon and Mars.
 

An aerial view of the incredible Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park

NASA Helps Serve Yellowstone Fungi for Breakfast

Posted 11/22/2022

A microbe found in Yellowstone National Park during NASA-funded research is now the basis of a fungal protein from which Chicago-based Nature’s Fynd produces meat-alternative breakfast patties and non-dairy cream cheese. The protein is also growing on the International Space Station as potential astronaut food, and the company believes it could one day help ensure sustainable nutrition globally.


Partnerships that Prepare for Success: The Research Institution Perspective on the M-STTR Initiative

Posted 10/27/2022

In 2022, Oakwood University, a Historically Black College based in Huntsville, Alabama, became a first-time research institution participant in NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. Prior to this STTR award, Oakwood University and its small business partner prepared for the solicitation by participating in the pilot M-STTR opportunity. Dr. Darayas Patel, professor of mathematics and computer science at Oakwood University, shared the university perspective on how the M-STTR program helped the team form a partnership and prepare for the 2022 STTR solicitation.

A professor and four Oakwood University students are gathered around computers. Some are wearing masks and gloves, and two of them are taking notes on notepads while the student in the middle types on a computer.
 

A shoulder-up photograph of an astronaut's spacesuit and helmet with an American flag on the shoulder

The map is in your hands: Discover your path with the NASA SBIR/STTR program

Posted 8/29/2022

Small businesses are pioneers whose journeys are shaped by their unique technologies and business goals. Take a look at our infographic to see some of the ways our small business teams have used the program to navigate to success.


NASA SBIR/STTR Success Out West

Posted 8/25/2022

With ten centers spread out across the country, NASA is comprised of a dynamic group of innovators and engineers working together to solve some of the toughest challenges—and we don’t do it alone. The NASA SBIR/STTR program allows us to tap the minds of entrepreneurs across the country, with program awardees in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Read about some of our small businesses in the western U.S. who are making an impact.

Five Anasphere, Inc. team members are gathered together holding a rainbow-colored kite as part of a technology working group.
 

A shoulder-up photograph of an astronaut's spacesuit and helmet with an American flag on the shoulder

Converging paths to success: Two NASA SBIR companies join forces to strengthen space life support competencies

Posted 8/12/2022

The NASA SBIR/STTR program provides seed funding to help small businesses grow and discover their path forward. In the case of Paragon Space Development Corporation and Final Frontier Design (FFD), their unique paths came together, empowering them to take on even bigger challenges than they had individually.


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