The Concept Newsletter - Winter 2018

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In this issue:

SBIR / STTR 2019 Phase I Solicitation Innovation and Opportunity Conference Company Updates Upcoming Events

Hello Innovators

Joseph Grant NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive photoAs 2018 comes to a close, the NASA SBIR/STTR Program is preparing for the release of the 2019 Phase I Solicitation on January 7th. You may recall that we rolled out a modernized Proposal Submission Electronic Handbook (EHB) last year. In 2019, you’ll notice some enhancements to the system to make it an even better user experience so you can focus on submitting a quality proposal.

Thank you for providing us with feedback on the system – it truly helps us to ensure the EHB meets your needs. You’ll notice improved Error Notifications for you to clearly and easily see what errors need to be updated to proceed with your proposal submission, enhanced Search and Edit capabilities for contacts so you can simply edit existing contacts and add new ones without the support of helpdesk, and more! Try to get started on your proposal submission early and check out the submission tips listed in this newsletter.

While the upcoming solicitation is focused on Phase I proposals, keep in mind that's just the beginning of your SBIR/STTR journey. There are many additional opportunities that become available to you as you begin your relationship with NASA – with an ultimate goal of commercialization. In early November, our program partnered with the Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC), which you can read more about in this issue. I was excited to see the collaboration between federal agencies, local organizations, private and research sectors – for the purpose of fostering small business technology innovation and sharing the commercialization and infusion opportunities available. We look forward to similar events in 2019.

The NASA SBIR/STTR 2019 Phase I Solicitation opens on January 7, 2019 and closes on March 8, 2019. We are looking forward to your proposals!

Jenn Gustetic
NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive


  • 2019 CCRPP - Submissions Due December 14th
  • SBIR 2018 Phase II - Solicitation Opens December 18th
  • SBIR/STTR 2019 Phase I – Solicitation Opens January 7th
  • SBIR 2018 Phase II – Proposals Due January 25th
  • SBIR/STTR 2019 Phase I - Proposals Due March 8th
  • 2019 CCRPP - Selection Announcement March 22nd

SBIR / STTR 2019 Phase I Solicitation

The 2019 NASA SBIR/STTR Solicitation will be released on January 7th, 2019. The Solicitation will include the subtopics selected for 2019. The following tips will help you prepare for your submission. We are looking forward to reading your proposals!

Solicitation Preparation Tips

It’s never too early to begin preparation for the Solicitation. The SBIR/STTR programs have multiple learning opportunities to help you prepare for submitting a proposal:

Innovation and Opportunity Conference

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC)! It was another successful event that connected small businesses, startups, research institutions, and large businesses/prime contractors with NASA and other federal experts We look forward to seeing everyone at future events!

IOC in a nutshell:

  • 350 + attendees
  • 212 individual one-on-ones conducted
  • 95% of respondents surveyed by the hosts said this event helped them make a connection that may lead to a new business opportunity
  • 89% likely or highly likely to attend again

Participant Feedback!

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View the presentations and videos from the IOC at

Company Updates

Our Program Leadership Visits SBIR Companies

Taking this opportunity that the IOC event was in the Denver area, our program leadership visited two SBIR participants to see the technologies that are developed with SBIR funding. Jenn Gustetic, Art Maples and Ryszard Pisarski visited Quest Thermal Group and Black Swift Technologies.

Joseph Grant NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive photo
 Quest Thermal Group
Joseph Grant NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive photo
 Black Swift Technologies


SBIR Companies Selected to Support Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. (Pittsburg, PA) & Masten Space Systems, Inc, (Mojave, CA) both SBIR awardees, are among nine companies that are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface. Services includes payload integration and operations, launching from Earth and landing on the surface of the Moon. Read more about this achievement.

Masten Space Systems Concept for a Commercial Lunar Lander

Astrobotic Concept for a Commercial Lunar Lander


Upcoming Events

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