NASA has selected 16 proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $9.6 million. The contracts will be awarded to 16 hi-tech firms partnered with 15 universities in 18 states.
Two of the awards will develop technologies for the Innovative Partnership Program at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center:
The Small Business Administration provides guidance for the general conduct of the STTR Program. NASA is one of the federal agencies required to reserve a portion of its research and development funds to award to small businesses. NASA works closely with the Small Business Administration to ensure compliance with federal regulations.
NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program office at the agency's headquarters in Washington provides executive oversight of the STTR program as part of its focus on emerging technologies and efforts to advance technological innovation for NASA purposes. The office partners with United States industries to infuse innovative technologies into NASA missions and transition them into commercially-available products and services for NASA and other markets.
As an investment opportunity, STTR innovations address specific technology gaps in mission programs, provide a foundation for future technology needs, and are complementary to other NASA research investments.
Examples of some STTR technologies being pursued in current selected proposals are:
Participating firms and research institutions submitted 25 Phase 2 proposals. The criteria used to select the winning proposals included technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential, and company capabilities.
The program is a highly-competitive, three-phase award system. It provides qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific research and development needs of the federal government. In addition, the STTR program requires a collaborative research effort between small business and research institutions.
Phase 1 is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Awards are for up to 12 months in amounts up to $100,000. Phase 2 expands on the results of the development in Phase 1. Awards are for up to two years in amounts up to $600,000. Phase 3 is for the commercialization of the results of Phase 2 and requires the use of private sector or non-STTR federal funding. These NASA awards are for the second phase in this competitive process.
NASA's STTR program operations are managed by NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. Individual projects are managed by NASA's field installations. For a list of selected companies, visit: http://sbir.nasa.gov
For information about the Innovative Partnerships Program, visit: http://www.ipp.nasa.gov
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