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 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs ( opens new browser window) provide opportunities for small, high-technology companies and research institutions to participate in government-sponsored research and development efforts in key technology areas. Both programs encourage innovations that contribute to the NASA mission while having potential commercial applications.

Program Overview

The SBIR/STTR Program, which is legislated federal R&D set-asides for small companies, focus on innovation in critical technologies for future NASA missions. The Program is administered by the Office of the Chief Technologist at HQ, Program Management Office at ARC, with participation by all NASA Centers.

The program's specific objectives are to:

  • Stimulate technological innovation
  • Use small businesses to meet federal R&D development needs
  • Foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation
  • Infuse SBIR/STTR technologies into NASA programs and projects
  • Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D

SBIR contracts to small businesses through a uniform, three-phase process.

  1. Phase I contracts are for 6 months.
  2. Phase II contracts are for 2 years.
    • Phase IIE provides additional dollar-to-dollar match of non-SBIR funding as an extension of the Phase II contract.

  3. Phase III is the process of furthering the development of a product to make it commercially available. This occurs through no funding from the SBIR program, rather the company secures funding directly from the NASA Program/Project, other government agency, or industry that wants to utilize (infuse) the technology.

For STTR projects the small business collaborates with a research institution.

For full details of the NASA SBIR/STTR Program and Solicitation details, please see the NASA SBIR web site:

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