NASA SBIR/STTR Program Solicitation Details | Phase II | 1. Select SBIR Phase II Program Description

1. Select SBIR Phase II Program Description

1.1 Introduction

This document provides a general description of the NASA Select SBIR Phase II Program and proposal submission requirements. All small business concerns (SBCs) that are awarded and have successfully completed their Select Phase I contracts are invited to submit Select Phase II proposals. Receipt of Select Phase II proposals are due on the last day of performance under Select SBIR Phase I contracts, the submission period will be available approximately 6 weeks prior to the contract completion date.

Proposals must be submitted online via the Proposal Submissions Electronic Handbook at ( and include all relevant documentation.

1.2 Select SBIR Phase II Description

Select Phase II

The purpose of Select Phase II is the development, demonstration and delivery of the innovation. Only SBCs awarded a Select Phase I contract are eligible to submit a proposal for a Select Phase II funding agreement. Select Phase II projects are chosen as a result of competitive evaluations and based on selection criteria provided in the Select Phase II Proposal Instructions and Evaluation Criteria. The funding outlined above for Select Phase II contracts should enable significant test, demonstration, and evaluation activities leading to technologies at high readiness levels for NASA utilization.   

Maximum value and period of performance for Select Phase II contracts:


Phase II Contracts


Maximum Contract Value


Period of Performance

24 months

1.3 Eligibility Requirements

1.3.1 Small Business Concern 

Only firms qualifying as SBCs are eligible to participate in these programs. Socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned SBCs are particularly encouraged to propose.

1.3.2 Place of Performance 

R/R&D must be performed in the United States. However, based on a rare and unique circumstance (for example, if a supply or material or other item or project requirement is not available in the United States), NASA may allow a particular portion of the research or R&D work to be performed or obtained in a country outside of the United States. Proposals must clearly indicate if any work will be performed outside the United States. Prior to award, approval by the Contracting Officer for such specific condition(s) must be in writing.

Note: Offerors are responsible for ensuring that all employees who will work on this contract are eligible under export control and International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regulations. Any employee who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident may be restricted from working on this contract if the technology is restricted under export control and ITAR regulations unless the prior approval of the Department of State or the Department of Commerce is obtained via a technical assistance agreement or an export license. Violations of these regulations can result in criminal or civil penalties. For further information on ITAR visit ( For additional assistance, refer to ( or contact the NASA SBIR helpdesk at

1.3.3 Principal Investigator (PI) Employment Requirement

The primary employment of the Principal Investigator (PI) shall be with the SBC. Primary employment means that more than 50% of the PI’s total employed time (including all concurrent employers, consulting, and self-employed time) is spent with the SBC at the time of award and during the entire period of performance. Primary employment with a small business concern precludes full-time employment at another organization. If the PI does not currently meet these primary employment requirements, then the offeror must explain how these requirements will be met if the proposal is selected for contract negotiations that may lead to an award. Co-Principle Investigators are not allowed.

Note: NASA considers a fulltime workweek to be nominally 40 hours and we consider 19.9-hour or more workweek elsewhere to be in conflict with this rule. In rare occasions, minor deviations from this requirement may be necessary; however, any minor deviation must be approved in writing by the Contracting Officer after consultation with the NASA SBIR Program Manager/Business Manager.




Primary Employment

PI must be employed with the SBC

Employment Certification

The offeror must certify in the proposal that the primary employment of the PI will be with the SBC at the time of award and during the conduct of the project. 


Not Allowed

Misrepresentation of Qualifications

Shall result in rejection of the proposal or termination of the contract


Substitution of PIs

Shall receive advanced written approval from NASA

1.4 NASA SBIR Technology Available (TAV)

All subtopics have the option of using Technology Available (TAV) with NASA IP (defined below), which may also include NASA non-patented software technology requiring a Software Usage Agreement (SUA) or similar permission for use by others. All subtopics address the objective of increasing the commercial application of innovations derived from Federal R&D. While NASA scientists and engineers conduct breakthrough research that leads to innovations, the range of NASA's effort does not extend to commercial product development in any of its intramural research areas. Additional work is often necessary to exploit these NASA technologies for either infusion or commercial viability and likely requires innovation on behalf of the private sector. NASA provides these technologies "as is" and makes no representation or guarantee that additional effort will result in infusion or commercial viability.

The NASA technologies identified in a subtopic or via the IP search tool ( (1) are protected by NASA-owned patents (NASA Patents), (2) are non-patented NASA-owned or controlled software (NASA software), or (3) are otherwise available for use by the public. In the event offeror requests to use NASA owned or controlled technologies, which are not NASA patents or NASA software, NASA shall consider such request and permit such uses as NASA, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate and permissible. If a proposer elects to use a NASA patent, a non-exclusive, royalty-free research license will be required to use the NASA IP during the SBIR performance period.

Similarly, if a proposer wishes to use NASA software, the parties will be required to enter into a Software Usage Agreement on a non-exclusive, royalty-free basis in order to use such NASA software for government purposes and “Government-Furnished Computer Software and Related Technical Data” will apply to the contract. As used herein, “NASA IP” refers collectively to NASA patents and NASA software disclaimer: All subtopics include an opportunity to license or otherwise use NASA IP on a non-exclusive, royalty-free basis, for research use under the contract. Use of the NASA IP is strictly voluntary. Whether or not a firm uses NASA IP within their proposed effort will not in any way be a factor in the selection for award. NASA software release is governed by NPR 2210.1C.

Use of NASA Software

Software identified and requested under a SBIR contract shall be treated as Government Purpose Rights. Government purpose releases includes releases to other NASA Centers, Federal government agencies, and recipients who have a government contract. The software may be used for "government purposes" only. The recipients of such software releases are typically U.S. citizens. Non U.S. citizens will not be allowed access to NASA software under the SBIR contract.

A Software Usage Agreement (SUA) shall be requested after contract award from the appropriate NASA Center Software Release Authority (SRA). The SUA request shall include the NASA software title, version number, requesting firm contract info including recipient name, and SBIR contract award info. The SUA will expire when the contract ends. 

Use of NASA Patent

All offerors submitting proposals citing a NASA patent must submit a non-exclusive, royalty-free license application if the use of a NASA patent is desired. The NASA license application is available on the NASA SBIR/STTR website: NASA only will grant research licenses to those SBIR offerors who submitted a license application and whose proposal resulted in an SBIR award under this solicitation. Such grant of non-exclusive research license will be set forth in the successful offeror’s SBIR contract. License applications will be treated in accordance with Federal patent licensing regulations as provided in 37 CFR Part 404.

SBIR offerors are notified that no exclusive or non-exclusive commercialization license to make, use or sell products or services incorporating the NASA patent will be granted unless an SBIR offeror applies for and receives such a license in accordance with the Federal patent licensing regulations at 37 CFR Part 404. Awardees with contracts that identify a specific NASA patent will be given the opportunity to negotiate a non-exclusive commercialization license or, if available, an exclusive commercialization license to the NASA patent.

An SBIR awardee that has been granted a non-exclusive, royalty-free research license to use a NASA patent under the SBIR award may, if available and on a non-interference basis, also have access to NASA personnel knowledgeable about the NASA patent. The NASA Intellectual Property Manager (IPM) located at the appropriate NASA Center will be available to assist awardees requesting information about a patent that was identified in the SBIR contract and, if available and on a non-interference basis, provide access to the inventor or surrogate for the purpose of knowledge transfer.

Note: Access to the inventor for the purpose of knowledge transfer, will require the requestor to enter into a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), the awardee “may” be required to reimburse NASA for knowledge transfer activities.