NASA has selected 325 research proposals for negotiation of
Phase I contract awards for its 2001 Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology
Transfer (STTR) Programs. The expected value of the awards is
approximately $21 million for SBIR and $2 million for STTR.

SBIR and STTR goals 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 results of federally funded research.

In response to its solicitations, NASA received 1,659 SBIR
and 57 STTR proposals submitted by small, high technology
businesses from 34 states.

Nine NASA field centers reviewed proposals for technical
merit and feasibility and relevance to NASA research and
technology requirements. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, Calif., evaluated SBIR proposals only. The selected
firms will be awarded fixed-price contracts valued at up to
$100,000 each to perform a Phase I feasibility study.

Companies which successfully complete the Phase I activities
are eligible to compete for Phase II selection the following
year. The Phase II award allows for a two-year, fixed-price
contract of up to $600,000 for SBIR and $500,000 for STTR.

The NASA SBIR Program Management Office is located at the
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., with executive
oversight by NASA’s Office of Aerospace Technology, NASA
Headquarters, Washington. Individual SBIR and STTR projects
are managed by the NASA field centers.


NOTE TO EDITORS: A listing of the selected companies is
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