|As 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!
NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive