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Submit R&D ChallengesWhat is the SBIR / STTR program?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs ( enable small businesses and small businesses collaborating with universities, respectively, to compete for opportunities to solve selected R&D challenges faced by various government agencies.  Similar to other agencies, NASA’s SBIR / STTR programs ( generally have 3 phases:  Phase I (6-month study on scientific, technical, and commercial feasibility), Phase II (24-month development, demonstration, and delivery of the innovation), and Phase III (reaching successful commercialization – no SBIR/STTR funds).  NASA announces a Phase I solicitation each year (typically open November through January) and grants Phase I awards thereafter (typically in April).  Successful Phase I projects are often invited to participate in follow-on Phase II competitions.  The R&D conducted by Phase I and Phase II winners is designed to complement the internal R&D conducted within each NASA Center including GSFC.  Solicitation subtopics are harvested from GSFC researchers and a down-selected set is included in the NASA-wide solicitation.  Awarded projects based upon GSFC-submitted subtopics are generally managed by the SPO but are specifically managed by the designated Contracting Office Technical Representative (COTR) within GSFC.

 Who can submit proposals to pursue SBIR / STTR projects?

Any small business (less than 500 employees) can pursue an SBIR project and any small business partnered with a university can pursue an STTR project.  (check these facts)

 How can one learn more about the solicitation schedule and topics?

Visit and to learn about the SBIR/STTR program at a national and NASA level, respectively.  Current solicitation topics and schedules are regularly posted.