NASA Picks 18 Small-business Projects

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) — NASA says it has selected 18 technology proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in its Small Business Technology Transfer, or STTR, program.

Officials said the selected projects have a total value of approximately $11 million. The contracts will be awarded to 18 high technology firms that are partnering with 15 universities in 12 states.

“As an investment opportunity, STTR innovations address specific technology gaps in mission programs, provide a foundation for future technology needs, and are complementary to other NASA research investments,” the space agency said. “The program is a highly competitive, three-phase award system. It provides qualified small businesses — including women-owned and disadvantaged firms — with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific research and development needs of the federal government.”

Phase 1 is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Awards are for up to 12 months in amounts up to $100,000. Phase 2 expands on the results of the development in Phase 1. Awards are for up to two years in amounts up to $600,000. Phase 3 is for the commercialization of the results of Phase 2 and requires the use of private sector or non-STTR federal funding.

Wednesday’s NASA awards are for the second-phase in this competitive process.

A list of selected companies and their projects is available at

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