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Michael Braukus
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1979)
October 6, 2003
RELEASE : 03-318
NASA Selects 145 Innovative Small Business Projects
NASA has selected 145 research proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards for the agency's 2002 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The selected projects, which have a total value of approximately $86.5 million, will be conducted by 119 small, high-technology firms located in 29 states.

The goals of this NASA program are to stimulate technological innovation, increase the use of small business -- including women-owned and disadvantaged firms -- in meeting federal research and development needs, and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally funded research.

SBIR contractors completing their Phase 1 projects submitted 251 proposals. These proposals were evaluated to determine that they meet 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 could be up to $600,000 for a two-year performance period.

The NASA SBIR program manager is located at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., with executive oversight by NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology, Washington. Individual SBIR projects are managed by NASA’s ten field installations.

A listing of the selected companies can be accessed on the Internet after 4 p.m. today at:

For information about NASA on the Internet, visit:


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