Overview of the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program



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45th International Conference on Environmental Systems


In 1982, the Small Business Innovation Development Act was enacted to award federally funded research grants and contracts to small businesses meeting certain requirements. The program is employed by 11 Federal Agencies, including NASA, to promote technical innovation through infusion of agency-specific Research and Development (R&D) and private commercialization to increase the prosperity of the small business community. Not only do SBIR companies attend ICES conferences, but many NASA participants work directly with these SBIR companies as well. With R&D funding constraints a concern, the constancy of the SBIR Program remains an attractive funding vehicle for government and small business alike in the attainment of their research goals. This presentation will address the background, mechanics, eligibility requirements, and examples of past research projects and award and post award successes, including those currently on ISS, orbiting satellites, and on Mars. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness and participation in the SBIR Program and to provide information regarding technical and administrative assistance and partnership potential with this valuable resource.


Bellevue, Washington
Kathryn Packard, NASA Johnson Space Center, USA
Doug Goodman, Jacobs Technology, USA
James Whittington, Jacobs Technology, USA
The 45th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Bellevue, Washington, USA on 12 July 2015 through 16 July 2015.