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Answer: The NASA SBIR and STTR programs help to fund domestic small businesses to engage in research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs. NASA issues annual SBIR/STTR solicitations, which result in contract awards, rather than grants like some other agencies. These solicitations are broken up into a variety of needs that are modified from year to year. If you are a small business, you should consider SBIR/STTR as a potential source of seed funding for the development of your innovations. For more details on the program, and how to participate, visit https://sbir.nasa.gov/guide
Answer: You must be a Small Business Concern (SBC), defined as:
500 employees or less, including any affiliates.
Legally established and organized for-profit located in the U.S.
Operated primarily in the U.S. or makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy.
Majority owned and controlled by U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.
Answer: The SBIR and STTR Solicitations are produced annually, at the beginning of each year, in partnership with NASA's Mission Directorates and Centers to focus on the Agency's priority mission needs. Open and previous Solicitations are accessible on the NASA Solicitations webpage at https://sbir.nasa.gov/solicitations
Answer: To participate in NASA's SBIR/STTR programs, Small Business Concerns (SBCs) must submit a proposal in response to a subtopic identified in the annual Solicitations. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the on-line NASA SBIR/STTR Proposal Submission Electronic Handbook, which is accessible from the NASA SBIR/STTR Homepage during open submission periods at http://sbir.nasa.gov.
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