NASA has selected 310 Small Business Innovation Research
(SBIR) and 45 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
research proposals for Phase 1 contract negotiations.

The SBIR contracts will be awarded to 246 small high
technology firms in 38 states. The STTR contracts will be
awarded to 40 small high technology firms in 20 states.
Funding for the selected projects may total approximately $26

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

The goals of the NASA STTR program are similar to the SBIR
program with the distinction the STTR program requires a
collaborative research effort between a small business and a
research institution. U.S.-owned small business concerns
submitted 2,696 SBIR and 179 STTR proposals. Selected
proposals may receive up to $70,000 for a SBIR and up to
$100,000 for a STTR contract.

Upon successful completion of Phase 1, the small business may
submit a Phase 2 proposal. 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.
Phase 2 contracts are funded up to $600,000 for a performance
period of up to two years.

The NASA SBIR/STTR Program Management Office, located at the
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., manages the
program for NASA’s Office of Aerospace Technology, Washington.
Individual SBIR and STTR projects are managed by NASA’s 10
Centers. A list of the selected companies is available on the
Internet at: