The SBIR/STTR Electronic Handbook (EHB) has been modernized with the goal of providing a seamless user experience by building an intuitive, user-friendly and integrated digital service. You will find clearer instructions as well as pop-up help throughout the process. The new interface should improve efficiency, eliminate duplication of effort and overall make your proposal submission process simpler.
Request for Information (RFI)
Right after last year’s solicitation period, the SBIR/STTR Program released an RFI asking for feedback on our existing subtopics, ideas for potential new subtopics and general program feedback. We were overwhelmed with the response to our request. The inputs received were reviewed and considered by several teams involved in creating this solicitation – we hope that you see some of your inputs incorporated.
1.3 Three-Phase Program
The period of performance for the STTR Phase I contracts will be increased to 13 months.
1.4.5 Required Benchmark Transition Rate
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has updated the Benchmark Transition Rate language. Companies that failed to meet the transition rate benchmark on June 1, 2017 are not eligible to submit a Phase I proposal during the period June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.
3.3.2 (Phase I) and 3.4.2 (Phase II) Format Requirements
The page limits on the technical proposals have been made consistent across SBIR and STTR. For Phase I, both programs will now have a 19-page limit for the technical proposal. For Phase II, the page limit will be 46 pages. With the new EHB interface, all additional forms and requirements will be handled separately so the page limit for the technical proposal will be truly just for the technical proposal.
3.3.4 (Phase I) and 3.4.4 (Phase II) Technical Proposal
The Technical Proposal will have 10 parts this year instead of the 11 parts in previous years. The content that was previously captured in Part 7: Relationship with Phase II or Future R/R&D (Phase I) or Phase III Efforts, Commercialization and Business Planning (Phase II) and Part 10: Potential Post Applications have been consolidated to reduce potentially duplicate information being requested.
3.3.7 (Phase I) and 3.4.7 (Phase II) Briefing Chart
The Briefing Chart is used to assist in the ranking and advocacy of proposals prior to selection. To make the information received more informative, a requirement to indicate deliverables has been added. There is also additional guidance provided.
9. Research Topics for SBIR and STTR
The STTR subtopics will appear in an integrated list with the SBIR subtopics this year. They will be clearly marked as STTR subtopics so that offerors will know that the additional Research Institution (RI) partnership is required before submitting a proposal. This will assist Firms in seeing related subtopics across both programs.
This will be the second year that the subtopics are being organized by Focus Area within Chapter 9 of the solicitation. Focus Areas are a way of grouping NASA interests and related technologies. This is intended to make it easier for offerors to understand related needs across the agency and thus identify subtopics where their research and development capabilities may be a good match. If any offeror wishes to view subtopics sorted by mission directorate, this listing will still be accessible on the website, but will not be the default view.