Fall 2021 Newsletter



National Aeronautics and Space Administration 


Volume 15, Number 4 | Fall 2021



Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program


In This Issue


Hello, Innovators • Key Program Milestones • Homepage Refresh • Get Ahead – 22-I • Post Phase II • Events • Success Stories


Hello, Innovators


I want to thank the NASA SBIR/STTR community for your dedication to developing technologies and concepts with the potential to change the world. The next opportunity for small businesses and research institutions to join this community and formally begin the journey with us is through the upcoming Phase I solicitations, scheduled to open in January 2022. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we will modify the submission experience by separating the SBIR and STTR solicitations, with identical open and close dates. While SBIR and STTR have always been distinct opportunities within our program—STTRs require partnership with a research institution—we hope this separation will streamline the submissions process by helping better distinguish between the two opportunities.

Gynelle Steele

Another exciting change coming with the 2022 solicitations is an increase in funding amounts: Phase I awardees will get 20% more funding than in past years, with both SBIR and STTR awards increasing to $150,000 (previously $125,000). We also plan to increase the follow-on 2022 Phase II funding by 33%—growing these award amounts to up to $1 million from $750,000—to help better support infusion and/or commercialization.*

No matter your stage in the SBIR/STTR journey, I encourage you to attend our upcoming learning and networking session, Infusion & Commercialization – Part II, on November 3. This is the third in our 2021 webinar series delivering short and targeted engagement points throughout the year. This event will include a presentation, Q&A with NASA experts, and networking to speak directly with NASA representatives. You can find more details about this event further down in this newsletter. I hope to see you there!

Gynelle Steele

Deputy Program Executive

*This proposed increase to Phase II is subject to change and is dependent on the budget appropriated by Congress.


Key Program Milestones

  • FY22 CCRPP Application Period: Opens November 12, 2021. Companies need to secure letters of commitment from investors to apply
  • 2021 Phase II SBIR Proposal Submission Deadline: November 19, 2021
  • 2020 Phase II STTR Selection Announcement: Scheduled for December 21, 2021
  • 2022 Phase I SBIR and STTR Solicitations: Open January 2022

NASA SBIR/STTR Homepage Refresh 


We’ve updated our homepage to improve your experience with the NASA SBIR/STTR website. Take a look at some of our enhancements:

  • A refreshed carousel with consistent information to help you navigate our resources
  • A list of what our program offers – we provide early-stage funding, but also much more
  • Separate SBIR and STTR sections to help you distinguish between our two opportunities
  • Easy access to success stories and sources of assistance
  • Testimonials from past SBIR/STTR awardees about their experiences with the program
  • A new header and background image that carry across our entire site

Check out our new look at sbir.nasa.gov.


Get Ahead of the 2022 Phase I Solicitation


We want to help you prepare, submit, and be successful with our Phase I opportunity! Here are steps to get ready:

Review past solicitations. Pay special attention to the Focus Areas, as they tend to stay relatively similar from year to year, and think about how and where your technology idea could fit.

Keep an eye out for an invite to the Dissecting the Solicitations webinar—to be held once the 2022 Phase I solicitations are live in January—giving you a new opportunity to go through the solicitations in a group format and hear from our experts during the “blackout” period when communications with the program are restricted.

Explore more within our Resource Library. Whether you’re thinking about your first Phase I submission or getting ready for Post Phase II, we’ve created a curated Resource Library designed to guide you through any part of your SBIR/STTR journey. Peruse the library to see relevant information for Phase 0, Phase 1, Phase 2, and beyond!!


The next NASA SBIR/STTR webinar, Infusion & Commercialization – Part II, is scheduled for November 3, 2021. This session will cover our Post Phase II opportunities, as well as new I-Corps enrollment openings made available this year to some Post Phase II recipients. Check your inbox for the invite sent on October 19.


Get inspired and informed with our newest resource: the NASA SBIR/STTR blog! Just launched on November 1, this features perspectives from program participants, including small businesses and research institutions, as well as other materials to help guide you on your journey.


Post Phase II Opportunities


Phase II-E




The Phase II-E Option encourages advancing innovations developed under Phase II. Under Phase II-E, the NASA SBIR/STTR program will match the investment funds up to $375,000 with SBIR/STTR funds, on a 1-for-1 basis, to extend an existing Phase II project to perform additional R/R&D.

The deadline to submit a Phase II-E proposal to be considered for the next award selection meeting is November 5, 2021; if you submit after this deadline, your proposal will be reviewed at the following selection meeting, held approximately every other month. The eligibility window for SBIR/STTR Phase II-E proposal submission starts after the 12th month of Phase II performance and ends 60 days before the Phase II contract end date.


NASA offers the Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CCRPP) with the primary objective of infusion or commercialization. The Fiscal Year 2022 CCRPP period will be open from November 12, 2021, through January 11, 2022, to companies with prior NASA SBIR/STTR Phase II awards resulting from Phase I awards starting in Program Year 2011 or later and whose Phase II period of performance is complete by January 11, 2022. This opportunity is also open to firms with ongoing or completed NASA SBIR/STTR Sequential Phase II awards. Eligible firms must secure funding from one or more investors. NASA will match the investments with SBIR/STTR program funds between $500,000 and $2.5 million for each selected CCRPP award. Note this amount is a change from previous years.


Potential Post Phase II Investor: NASA Flight Opportunities

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program is a potential Post Phase II investor, specifically in support of suborbital flight testing for development or commercialization of technologies. Upcoming opportunities to take advantage of matching funds from Flight Opportunities include Phase II-E proposals and the next round of CCRPP applications.

Learn more about Flight Opportunities Phase II-E funding: https://go.nasa.gov/2Kdkw1e.




NASA SBIR/STTR Infusion & Commercialization Webinar – Part II: November 3, 2021

The journey from a NASA SBIR/STTR Phase II contract to infusion in a NASA mission and/or commercialization in the marketplace can take many different forms. To help you chart a course, the NASA SBIR/STTR program provides Post Phase II funding and support vehicles. Join our program representatives on Wednesday, November 3rd from 12:00pm – 2:30pm ET for an interactive learning & networking session.

Invitations were sent on October 19; if you didn’t receive one, email sbir@reisystems.com to receive details.

NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour: November 16-17, 2021

The NASA SBIR/STTR program will be participating in this virtual event, which provides an open platform for HBCU and MSI representatives to learn about SBIR/STTR opportunities, OSTEM's Minority Serving Institutions Sustainability Initiative, agency acquisition opportunities, product service lines, and the Vendor Database, as well as research opportunities, grants, fellowships, and contracts within each of NASA’s four mission directorates.


OSBP Learning Series: Effective Proposal Writing: November 17, 2021

Join the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to learn about proposal writing and submission in the world of federal government contracting.

Keep an eye on the Announcements carousel on our homepage for regular updates.


Success Stories


Read about news and successes from some of our SBIR/STTR firms. If you are an SBIR/STTR firm with a success story to share, email usat ARC-SBIR-Outreach@mail.nasa.gov.

SKYRE’s system supplies compressed hydrogen and helium for rocket engine testing

Through the NASA SBIR/STTR program, SKYRE, Inc. worked with Stennis Space Center to advance the company’s Hydrogen Recovery System (HRS) for supplying compressed hydrogen and helium, which are required for rocket engine testing. With additional NASA Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program funds, and with business training from the NASA SBIR/STTR I-Corps program, SKYRE has commercialized its technology into two product lines, valuing SBIR/STTR-related revenue at $25 million.

Quest’s IMLI supported the Green Propellant Infusion Mission conducted by NASA in 2019

Quest Thermal Group developed its integrated multi-layer insulation (IMLI) with NASA SBIR/STTR support. IMLI performed successful flight demonstrations on the Robotic Refueling Mission 3 in 2018 and Green Propellant Infusion Mission in partnership with Ball Aerospace in 2019, opening the door for additional opportunities.

The team at Advanced Space, NASA's partner, performs the third operations readiness test at its CAPSTONE mission operations center in Westminster, Colorado.

As part of NASA’s Artemis mission to return to the Moon, Advanced Space is partnering with NASA to develop and launch Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, or CAPSTONE. This technology demonstration will test a unique lunar orbit that is intended for Gateway, the Moon-orbiting outpost for the Artemis program. CAPSTONE is supported by technology developed with the NASA SBIR/STTR program.

Lunar Landers Could Spray Instant Landing Pads as They Arrive at the Moon

SBIR/STTR alum Masten Space Systems, supported by fellow SBIR/STTR graduate Honeybee Robotics, was recently featured for developments made through funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. The technology could support future lunar missions with a unique solution to lunar lander technology.


Check out more of our success stories at sbir.nasa.gov/success-stories.


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