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

March 25, 2004
 
RELEASE : 04-102
 
 
NASA Selects Innovative Small Business Projects
 
 
NASA selected 10 research proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contracts for NASA's 2002 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards, and 18 proposals for negotiation of contracts for the 2002 Phase 2 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards.

The SBIR projects have a total value of approximately $6 million and will be awarded to 10 small, high technology firms in six states. The STTR projects have a total value of approximately $9 million and will be awarded to 17 companies in 13 states.

The goal of the NASA SBIR and STTR programs is to stimulate technological innovation. The programs also seek to increase the use of small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, to meet federal research and development needs, and to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally funded research. The STTR program includes partnerships with non-profit research institutions.

SBIR Phase 1 contractors submitted 251 Phase 2 SBIR proposals. The proposals were evaluated to determine they met SBIR Phase 1 objectives and are feasible research innovations for meeting agency needs. Phase 2 continues development of the most promising Phase 1 projects. Selection criteria include technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential and company capabilities. Funding for Phase 2 contracts may be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance period.

STTR Phase 1 contractors submitted 18 Phase 2 STTR proposals. The proposals were evaluated to determine they met STTR Phase 1 objectives and are feasible research innovations for meeting agency needs. Phase 2 continues development of the most promising Phase 1 projects. Selection criteria include technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential and company capabilities. Funding for Phase 2 contracts may be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance period.

The SBIR/STTR Program Manager is located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. Executive oversight is provided by NASA's Office of Exploration Systems, Washington. Individual SBIR and STTR projects are managed by NASA's 10 field installations.

For information about the selected companies on the Internet, visit:

http://sbir.nasa.gov

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

 

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