NASA has selected 139 proposals for follow-on funding though the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The Phase II awards will provide approximately US$104 million ($159.5 million) to 124 small businesses located across 31 states.
NASA annually invests in US small businesses with promising new technologies – companies developing better batteries, virtual assistants, lightweight materials and more. These technologies can benefit space missions, as well as improve life on Earth.
The Phase II awards will help advance NASA priorities, including the Artemis program, as well as other initiatives in aeronautics, human exploration and operations, science, and space technology.
Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, explained, “Small businesses offer innovative solutions that benefit every area of NASA and often find applications outside of the agency. This announcement is another step forward in NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. The agency continues to invest in and support small businesses, as they continue to mature important technologies for future missions that can also benefit us on Earth.”
The selected companies are previous NASA SBIR Phase I award recipients who successfully have established the feasibility of their proposed technologies.
As Phase II awardees, the companies will develop, demonstrate and deliver their technologies to NASA. Among the Phase II selections are:
“We are encouraged by the ingenuity and creativity we’ve seen from these companies in their Phase I work. We have also worked hard to reduce the time selected companies wait for their first Phase II payment, knowing how critical access to capital is for our aerospace research and development firms right now. The applications of their technologies, both inside and outside of NASA, are promising, and we look forward to seeing what this next round of accelerated seed funding will do,” explained Jenn Gustetic, the NASA SBIR program executive.
The Phase II proposals were chosen according to their technical merit and feasibility, Phase I results, as well as the experience, qualifications and facilities of the submitting organisation. Additional criteria included effectiveness of the proposed work plan and commercial potential.
NASA’s SBIR program encourages small businesses to develop innovative ideas that meet the specific research and development needs of the federal government.
The program is conducted in three phases:
The program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Centre in California’s Silicon Valley.
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