NASA SBIR/STTR 2016 Program Solicitation Details | Noteworthy Changes

Noteworthy Changes

General Document Formatting

The previously separate Phase I and Phase II instructions of the Solicitation have been merged. Subsections are used as necessary to specify the differences. For example, Proposal Preparation Instructions and Requirements are documented in Section 3.2 for Phase I and in Section 3.3 for Phase II. 

Chapter 2 Definitions

A comprehensive list of definitions related to the SBIR and STTR programs is available at: http://sbir.nasa.gov/content/nasa-sbirsttr-program-definitions. These definitions include those from the SBIR and STTR policy directives, as well as terms specific to NASA. Offerors are strongly encouraged to review these prior to submitting a proposal.

1.3 Three-Phase Program

The Phase II Enhancement and Phase II Expanded options have been merged into the new Phase II Extended option.  For more information on the Phase II Extended option please visit: http://sbir.nasa.gov/content/post-phase-ii-initiatives. 

1.6 Commercialization Technical Assistance

The $5k Commercialization Technical Assistance is now only available for Phase II proposals. 

1.7 NASA Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP)

The purpose of the NASA Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) is to provide incentives to NASA contractors, performing under at least one active approved subcontracting plan negotiated with NASA to assist protégés in enhancing their capabilities to satisfy NASA and other contract and subcontract requirements. 

1.8 NASA Procurement Ombudsman Program

The NASA Procurement Ombudsman Program is available under this solicitation as a procedure for addressing concerns and disagreements. The clause at NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) 1852.215-84 (“Ombudsman”) is incorporated into this solicitation.

3.2.4 Technical Proposal

Use of Federal Laboratory/facilities or equipment (Phase I):

Due to the complexity of the process for entering into the appropriate agreements with Federal agencies to use their facilities (such as a NASA Space Act Agreement) the use of federal laboratories/facilities for Phase I contracts is highly discouraged, due to the potential loss of period of performance time. Approval for use of federal facilities and labs, for a Phase I proposal, requires Program Executive approval.