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Summer 2022 Newsletter

Volume 16, Number 3 | Summer 2022
Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program
In this Issue
Hello, Innovators • Success Stories Special Feature • Key Program Milestones • SBIR Ignite • SBIR Phase II-S • Events • Other Opportunities
Hello, Innovators
The people that make up America’s small businesses and research institutions inspire us every day with their passion and perseverance to make the world a better place. In this special summer newsletter, we’re recognizing the accomplishments of just a few of the many small business teams that brought their technology ideas to life with the NASA SBIR/STTR program. From supporting high-profile NASA missions to introducing products to the commercial marketplace, the results you achieve are what make our program special.
If you’re an SBIR/STTR company with a success story to share, email us at
Success Stories Special Feature
Discover Your Path with the NASA SBIR/STTR Program
Small businesses are pioneers whose journeys are shaped by their unique technologies and business goals. Take a look at our infographic to see some of the ways our small business teams have used the program to navigate to success.
The Small Businesses Behind CAPSTONE Are Paving Our Way to the Moon
The Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment (CAPSTONE) mission launched on June 28, 2022. It is the first spacecraft to fly a unique orbit around the Moon that will be used for Gateway, NASA’s future Moon-orbiting outpost. CAPSTONE is made possible by collaborations with NASA programs, including SBIR/STTR, and small businesses across the country.
Two NASA SBIR Companies Join Forces to Strengthen Space Life Support Competencies
The NASA SBIR/STTR program provides seed funding to push small businesses to grow and discover their path forward. In the case of Paragon Space Development Corporation and Final Frontier Design (FFD), their unique paths came together, empowering them to take on even bigger challenges than they had individually.
In April 2022, Paragon, a small business provider of life support systems and thermal control products for space and on Earth, acquired FFD, a small business specializing in building and testing spacesuits. Both companies developed their capabilities as NASA SBIR/STTR awardees, which played a part in this acquisition.
Paragon team
NASA SBIR/STTR Success Out West
With ten centers spread out across the country, NASA is comprised of a dynamic group of innovators and engineers working together to solve some of the toughest challenges—and we don’t do it alone. Read about some of our small businesses in the western U.S. who are making an impact.
Get Inspired
Throughout the year, we share content to highlight some of our small business teams and their accomplishments. Have you checked out our newest entries?
Key Program Milestones
  • 2022 SBIR and STTR Phase I I-Corps Selection Announcement: August 1, 2022
  • 2022 SBIR Phase II Sequential Selection Announcement: August 18, 2022
  • 2022 SBIR Phase I Ignite Solicitation: Open through September 1, 2022
  • 2021 STTR Phase II Selection Announcement: September 9, 2022
*All dates subject to change
Closing Soon: NASA SBIR Ignite
NASA SBIR Ignite, an exciting new funding opportunity for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses, is open now through September 1, 2022. With a greater emphasis on commercialization, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners. Visit the link below for more information and details about submitting your proposal.
2022 SBIR Phase II Sequential Selection Announcement
NASA Awards Accelerate Small Business Tech for Earth and Space
NASA has awarded six U.S. small businesses funding to continue work on technologies poised to make a significant impact in key areas, from wildfire readiness to sustained lunar exploration.
After maturing their technologies with Phase I and Phase II funding from the SBIR program, the businesses will receive Phase II Sequential awards, designed to spur rapid advancement for technology demonstration and use by NASA. The awards total nearly $27 million.
Recap: Phase I Welcome Webinar
On August 18, 2022, we hosted a welcome event for our 2022 NASA SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees to help them kick off their Phase I work. During the event, we answered live audience questions, provided tips for success, and hosted a networking session to help folks get to know our team and their fellow awardees. If you are a 2022 NASA SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee, check your inbox for a recording and other resources.
Coming in November 2022: One-on-Ones to get you ready for 2023 Solicitations
Keep an eye out for information to be emailed out about one-on-one meetings this fall with NASA SBIR/STTR program experts, designed to get you prepared to submit a Phase I proposal in 2023!
For more information on previously hosted and upcoming events, visit our program events page.
Other NASA Opportunities and News
NASA 2022 International Space Apps Challenge
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge – the world’s largest annual hackathon – returns this year with the theme “Make Space,” which emphasizes NASA’s commitment to inclusivity. This year’s challenge will focus on Earth and space science, technology, and exploration. Participant registration for in-person and virtual events is now open through Oct. 2.
Registration for NASA space apps
RFI: NASA's Strategic Technology Framework "EXPLORE & LAND Thrusts"
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) organizes the agency’s technology investments into the Strategic Framework, with the goal of addressing its desired outcomes through technology development. The framework is grouped into four categories of investment called "Thrusts:" Go, Land, Live, and Explore.
This RFI is focused on the EXPLORE & LAND Thrusts, including aspects of Autonomous Systems & Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Avionics, Communication & Navigation, In-Space Assembly & Manufacturing, and Small Satellite Technologies.
Thank You for Reading!