Changes for both Phase I and Phase II SBIR/STTR Solicitations:
Phase I and Phase II Instructions
The instructions for both Phase I and Phase II are still separated into two separate documents; however, the Phase II instructions have had some instructions removed that are repetitive and are carried forward for both Phase I and Phase II submissions.
1.2 Program Authority and Executive Order
On December 31, 2011, the President signed into law the National Defense Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Defense Reauthorization Act), Public Law 112-81, Section 5001, Division E of the Defense Reauthorization Act contains the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act)), extending authorization of the SBIR/STTR Programs until September 30, 2017.
1.3 Program Management
The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and the Space Operations Mission Directorate have been merged into one Mission Directorate called the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
1.4 Three-Phase Program (1.2 and 1.3 in the Phase II instructions)
The description for the Phase II Enhancement (Phase II-E) contract option has changed and a new contract option has been added, called Phase II eXpanded (Phase II-X).
1.5.4 Restrictions on Funding Activity with the Peoples Republic of China
This is a new restriction.
1.6 (1.5 in the Phase II instructions) NASA SBIR Technology Available (TAV)
All subtopics now have the option to use TAV with NASA IP.
3.2.4 (2.2.4 in the Phase II instructions) Technical Content, Part 8: Facilities/Equipment
Firms are only required to have a facility waiver for Federal facilities and not Federal laboratories; however, the offeror must provide a letter from the Government agency that verifies the availability, this should be uploaded in Form C of the proposal for ALL Federal facility/laboratory use.
5.11 Contractor Commitments
An outline has been provided that is illustrative of the types of clauses to which the contractor would be committed. This list is not a complete list of clauses to be included in the funding agreements, and is not the specific wording of such clauses.
Firm certifications have significantly changed, with different requirements, so please look at each one carefully.
Forms A, B, and C
Electronic endorsement is now required to be performed by both the Principal Investigator and the authorized Business Official. Forms A, B, and C have all been revamped with significant changes and different requirements, so please look at each one carefully.
Specific Phase I Changes:
3.2.2 Format Requirements
The maximum allowable page count for the Phase I technical content has DECREASED and is not to exceed 20 pages for SBIR and 19 pages for STTR,including all graphics, with a table of contents.