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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

History of SCaN and SBIR

Each year, the federal government invests approximately $2.5 billion in technology development through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. NASA’s SBIR and STTR Programs represent an investment of approximately $130 million. The SBIR program is multi-phase with a primary purpose of guiding low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research to higher TRL development activities for infusion into NASA missions and potential commercialization.

SCaN program involvement with the SBIR program has been ongoing since 2005 resulting in a SCaN SBIR Technology Portfolio currently consisting of 88 Phase I and 49 Phase II awards. These awards are distributed across multiple technology disciplines and represent a significant total investment. Further, these awards are aligned such that near, mid and far term SCaN technology needs are being met.

To minimize technology duplication and maximize portfolio content and synergy, SCaN examines its SBIR Technology portfolio once a year. Of course, at times, it is desirable for two awards to be developing similar technologies so that a choice is created. With a minimal expenditure of resources and a yearly SBIR technology portfolio analysis, SCaN is able to target technology development in high need areas and adapt to a changing technology landscape in a reasonable timeframe. The SBIR program provides the SCaN program a mechanism to develop and assess new technologies targeted towards identified needs which can then be accounted for during annual technology planning sessions.

Development and technology activities around SCaN

For more information concerning past communication and navigation SBIR topics, contact:

Jim Stegeman​

Afroz Zaman

› NASA Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer
› Small Business Innovative Research

SCaN SBIR Technology Investment Catalogs

These technology investment portfolios highlight SBIR Phases I and II investments in Radio Frequency (RF) Communication, antenna technology development, optical communications technology development, and Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology for the Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD)/Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) from 2005 to 2014. These reports summarize technology challenges addressed and advances made by the SBIR community in each topic areas.

 SCaN Antenna Technology Catalog

 SBIR Investments in Optical Communications Technology

 SBIR Investments in Software Defined Radio Technology

 SBIR Investments in Radio Frequency Communication Technology

 SBIR Investments in Space Navigation Technology


2016 SBIR Commercialization Workshop

 SBA Office of Investment & Innovation SBIR-STTR Presentation by Nagesh Rao

 Small Business Innovation Research, Small Business Technology Transfer by Joseph Grant

 Strategy and Architecture for evolution of Space Comm and Navigation Networks by Jim Schier

 SCaN SBIR Workshop Flyer

 SCaN SBIR Workshop Save the Date