NASA 2004 SBIR Program Phase I Selections - Press Release

November 19, 2004

Michael Braukus
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
(Phone: 202/358-1979)

RELEASE: 04-379

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 the NASA's ten field installations.

 

A listing of the selected companies can be accessed on the Web after 4pm today at http://sbir.nasa.gov.