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Jan. 11, 2000

Michael Mewhinney

NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA

(Phone: 650/604-3937, 650/604-9000)

mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov

NOTE TO EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: News media are invited to attend a training conference at NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA, Jan. 20, to learn how small businesses can help NASA meet its needs in information technology. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. PST to 4:30 p.m. PST in the Moffett Training and Conference Center, Bldg. 3. To get to Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. At the Moffett Federal Airfield main gate, turn right into a small parking lot, and enter the Visitor Badging Office to obtain entry badges and maps to the site. Bring press credentials and photo ID to gain admittance.

RELEASE: 00-03AR

NASA AMES TO HOST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

In an effort to increase participation in its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA, will host a two-day conference for small, high-technology companies Jan. 19-20.

For the past 15 years through the SBIR and STTR programs, NASA has provided an opportunity for small, high technology companies (500 or fewer employees) and research institutions to participate in government-sponsored research and development of key technologies needed for its missions. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Moffett Training and Conference Center, Bldg. 3. The first day of the conference will consist of a training course to instruct small business owners how to write successful SBIR and STTR funding proposals.

Phase 1 SBIR awardees receive up to $75,000 for a six-month feasibility study and Phase II SBIR awardees receive up to $600,000 for two years to generate either innovative hardware or software. STTR participants receive similar payments. The second day will feature presentations on data systems health and safety, neural networks, automated reasoning for autonomous systems, tele-operations and virtual environments, and advanced concepts in air traffic management.

Registration will be held each day at 8 a.m., and attendance on the first day will be limited to the first 75 applicants. For more information, contact Loretta Goolsby at 650/604-5063 or by email at lgoolsby@mail.arc.nasa.gov.

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