NASA has selected 27 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research proposals for Phase 2 contract negotiations.

The STTR projects total approximately 16 million dollars and directly support NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration. The contracts will be awarded to 24 small, high-technology firms in 15 states.

The goals of NASA’s STTR 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 to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federally-funded research. The STTR program requires a collaborative research effort between small business and research institutions.

NASA evaluated 41 STTR proposals submitted by U.S. owned small business concerns. Phase 2 continues development of the most promising Phase 1 projects. Only Phase 1 participants can compete for continuation of their efforts with Phase 2 contracts. Selection criteria for Phase 2 includes: technical merit and innovation, Phase 1 results, value to NASA, commercial potential and company capabilities. Phase 2 contracts are funded up to 600,000 dollars for a performance period of up to two years.

The STTR Program Management Office is hosted at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md, with executive oversight by NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Individual STTR projects are managed by NASA’s field centers.

A list of the selected companies is available on the Internet at:

http://sbir.nasa.gov