The Concept Newsletter - Fall 2018

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In this issue:

Innovation & Opportunity Conference Post-Phase II Definitions
Post-Phase II Opportunities Tips Other NASA Opportunity Events
Infusion & Commercialization Successes

Hello Innovators

Joseph Grant NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive photoAs the 2018 Phase I awardees continue with their early journey with the SBIR/STTR Program and 2017 Phase II awardees progress, we are already working on developing the 2019 Solicitation. From your feedback through the RFI and based on previous proposals, we are continuing to evolve in hopes of bringing the best technologies forward. While we spend efforts encouraging small businesses to submit a proposal for Phase I, our ultimate goal is to see companies transition their technologies to commercialization.

This issue is dedicated to the topic of commercialization - everything from definitions and tips to additional funding opportunities and upcoming events. Getting your foot in the door with a Phase I award is just the beginning of a rewarding journey.

You too can join the ranks of the many SBIR/STTR alums who continue to see great successes as a result of a SBIR/STTR award!

Joseph Grant
NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive

Innovation and Opportunity Conference

Seed. Connect. Grow.

The Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC) brings together NASA experts, small businesses, startups, research institutions, and large businesses/prime contractors for a technology and commercialization event. For those who participated in the NASA SBIR/STTR Program's previous annual Industry Days, this event is similar so you will not want to miss your chance in 2018 to chat with NASA experts all in one place!

The IOC provides opportunities for companies at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators looking to expand and actively participate in tomorrow's aerospace and defense.

Why Attend?

  • Meet all the NASA SBIR/STTR experts you need in one place
  • Hear about NASA's new direction and vision directly from Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator for NASA
  • Get an in-depth look at near and long-term needs from more than 20 NASA experts 
  • Meet one-on-one with a NASA representative to discuss your specific questions
  • Learn about opportunities from both the public and private sectors
  • Gain an analyst's perspective on the aerospace and defense market outlook
  • Network with other small businesses, prime contractors, research institutions, government, and industry representatives

Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator for NASA

Learn more and register now!

View full list of events:


Post-Phase II Definitions

The NASA SBIR/STTR program opens doors for small businesses. While the initial goal is to submit a winning proposal, and get awarded a Phase I contract, you should aim to receive a follow-on Phase II award with the ultimate goal of infusion or commercialization.

What is Infusion?

The integration of SBIR/STTR developed knowledge or technologies within NASA programs and projects, other Government agencies, and/or commercial entities. This includes integration with NASA program and project funding, development and flight, ground demonstrations and missions.

Read about how Vanilla Aircraft designed a record-breaking aircraft that can travel far distances to collect data in very cold climates by innovating existing technologies through a joint effort funded by NASA and DoD.
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What is Commercialization?

The process of developing products, processes, technologies, or services and the production and delivery (whether by the originating party or others) of the products, processes, technologies, or services for sale to or use by the Federal government or commercial markets.

Read about how Iris AO’s special mirrors help NASA detect distant planets and how the company has generated approximately $2M in revenue annually from this technology.
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Post-Phase II Opportunities

The NASA SBIR/STTR Program does not stop at Phase II. There are several funding opportunities available to help you advance your technology.

Phase II-Extended (II-E)

The objective of a Phase II-E is to encourage advancement of innovations developed under Phase II. The NASA SBIR/STTR Program provides 1:1 matching funds up to $375,000 from an outside investor secured by the company. The investor may be a non-SBIR/STTR NASA program, from another government agency or the private sector.

Applicable Period / Solicitation: 2016 Solicitation - onwards
Minimum Non-SBIR/STTR Funding Required: $25,000.00
Corresponding SBIR/STTR Program Contribution: 1:1 match to a maximum of $375,000
Maximum Cumulative Award (Phase II + Phase II-E Match): $1,125,000.00 (SBIR and STTR)
Phase II-E Submission Period: Starts after the 12th month of performance and ends 60 days before contract end date
Anticipated Period of Additional Performance: 6-12 Months

Learn more about Phase II-E:


The Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CCRPP) is an additional funding opportunity available to small businesses, with the purpose of accelerating the transition of SBIR and STTR funded technologies to commercialization. The Program provides a 1:1 matching funds up to $1M from an outside investor secured by the company.  Investors may include companies, venture capital firms, angel investors, other Federal Agencies, or NASA non-SBIR/STTR programs.

Applicable Period / Solicitation: Phase II awardees resulting from Phase I awards from PY2010-2014
Minimum Non-SBIR/STTR Funding Required: $500,000
Corresponding SBIR/STTR Program Contribution: 1:1 match to a maximum of $1M
Submission Period: November 5, 2018 – December 14, 2018
Anticipated Period of Additional Performance: 24 months as a general guideline

NASA anticipates awarding approximately 9 to 13 SBIR and STTR firms for participation in this CCRPP Program. The CCRPP announcement will be posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website early November 2018. The application period will open on November 5, 2018 and close on December 14, 2018. NASA is providing you early CCRPP application information so that you have time to look for investors.

Learn more about CCRPP:

Phase III

Phase III is the commercialization of innovative technologies, products, and services resulting from either a Phase I or Phase II contract. This includes further development of technologies for transition into NASA programs, other Government agencies, or the private sector. Phase III contracts are funded from sources other than the SBIR and STTR programs and may be awarded without further competition.

For general information, procurement procedures, and frequently asked questions on Phase III contracts, view the NASA SBIR/STTR Phase III Contracting Handbook.


Get started early!

Learn about all Post Phase II opportunities available to you on our website, including the Civilian Commercialization Readiness Program and Phase II-Extended.

Keep networking.

Meet NASA representatives at any of our upcoming events. Keep in contact with your Center Technology Transition Liaison. Learn about other non-NASA SBIR events.

Get a mentor.

Learn about Mentor-Protégé programs or consider joining the NASA SBIR/STTR I-Corps Program led by certified instructors who have created one or more companies and have served as industry mentors.

SBA SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Summit

Innovation. Investment. Acceleration.

Attendees at the SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Summit will have the opportunity to meet with and hear from SBIR/STTR leaders and experts, as they learn how to submit more competitive proposals and leverage available resources.

Why Attend?

  • Participate in workshops
  • Interact with government SBIR/STTR program managers, staff, and industry leaders

Learn more and register now:

Other NASA Opportunity

NASA partnerships are crucial for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. The agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is seeking new partnerships with U.S. companies through an Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO) solicitation.

Mandatory preliminary proposals for this opportunity are due by December 5. Feedback will be provided on preliminary proposals. Final proposals are due May 15. Awards will be made in the form of non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements—no funds exchanged. Proposals must be led by a U.S. for-profit company. NASA expects to select projects worth a combined total of up to $10 million to U.S. industry.

For more information:

Recent Events

Thank you for coming out to see us at our most recent events!

National SBIR/STTR Spring Innovation Conference – Anaheim, CA


SBIR Road Tour – New England

SBIR Road Tour – Pacific Northwest

SBIR Road Tour – Eastern

Infusion & Commercialization Successes

Pancopia Wins National Commercialization Award

Congratulations to Virginia-based company, Pancopia, for winning the National Commercialization Award for their innovative water purification system for space exploration! Pancopia was awarded the National Excellence in Technology Transfer Project of the Year 2018 from the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC). NASA has sponsored and invested in the development of the next-generation water purification system through Phase I, Phase II, and Phase II-E SBIR contracts.

Through NASA’s support and funding, Pancopia has moved forward with plans for its first municipal pilot installation – a step towards commercializing their process.

"There are a lot of people inside of NASA to thank for your help and support…it was your support that has made this possible!"

Bill Cumbie, Pancopia’s CEO and Founder

NASA to Fly Tethers Unlimited’s HYDROS-C Thruster on First PTD CubeSat

Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) announced that NASA has selected its HYDROS-C thruster for demonstration on the first Pathfinder Technology Demonstration (PTD) CubeSat mission, planned for launch in early 2019.  The HYDROS-C thruster, developed under a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract and matured to flight-readiness under a NASA Tipping Point Technologies Public-Private Partnership, is a revolutionary space propulsion technology that uses water as propellant.

“We are very excited to support NASA’s PTD CubeSat program, and we are honored that they have chosen HYDROS as the first technology payload to demonstrate,” said Dr. Rob Hoyt, TUI’s CEO.  “HYDROS can provide a safe, efficient, and affordable solution to enable small satellites to accomplish new classes of missions requiring both orbital agility and persistence.  And as we look further into the future, the HYDROS technology will enable NASA and commercial ventures developing space infrastructure to use water acquired from the Moon or near-Earth asteroids to support the transportation needs of a developing in-space economy.”

Are you a previous or current SBIR/STTR awardee with a success story to share? We would love to hear about it and share your story! Email us at