NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) seeks to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs, increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from NOAA-supported research and development efforts, and foster and encourage participation by women-owned and socially disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Small Business Innovation Development Act (P.L. 97-219), 15 U.S.C. 638
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility (1) is organized for profit, with a place of business located in the United States, which operates primarily within the United States, or which makes a significant contribution to the United States economy through the payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor; (2) is in the legal form of an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, joint venture, association, trust or cooperative, except that where the form is a joint venture, there can be no more than 49 percent participation by foreign business entities in the joint venture; (3) is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in, the United States, except in the case of a joint venture, where each entity in the venture must be 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are citizens of, or permanent resident aliens in the United States; and (4) has, including its affiliates, not more than 500 employees. The term "affiliates" is defined in greater detail in 13 CFR 121.103. The term "number of employees" is defined in 13 CFR 121.106.
Each year, NOAA sets aside a portion of its extramural R&D budget to fund research from small science and technology-based firms. The NOAA SBIR Program supports innovative research projects that fall within NOAA's core mission of science, service, and stewardship.
Applicants for both Phase I and Phase II must qualify as a small business concern for research or research and development (R/R&D) purposes (Section 1.7.11) at the time of the award and at any other time set forth in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) regulations at 13 CFR 121.701-121.705. Each awardee must submit a certification (See Section 2.4.1 and 9.5) stating that it meets the size, ownership and other requirements of the SBIR Program at the time of award, and at any other time set forth in SBA's regulations at 13 CFR 121.701-705. Phase I and Phase II applicants will be required to provide certain information via www.SBIR.gov as well as other information required by the SBIR Policy Directive. Applicants applying for an award are required to update the appropriate information in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Tech-Net database on SBIR.gov for any of its existing and prior Phase II awards.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
All Phase I and II proposals will be evaluated and judged on a competitive basis. A proposal will not be deemed acceptable if it represents presently available technology. Proposals will be initially screened to determine responsiveness. Proposals passing this initial screening will be technically evaluated by engineers or scientists (reviewers may be NOAA employees or outside of NOAA) to determine the most promising technical and scientific approaches. Each proposal will be judged on its own merit. NOAA is under no obligation to fund any proposal or any specific number of proposals in a given topic. It also may elect to fund several or none of the proposed approaches to the same topic or subtopic. Final award recommendation decisions will be made by NOAA based upon rankings assigned by the selection panel and consideration of additional factors, including possible duplication of other research, the importance of the proposed research as it relates to NOAA needs, and the availability of funding. In the event of a "tie" between proposals, manufacturing-related projects as well as those regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy systems will receive priority in the award selection process. NOAA may elect to fund several or none of the proposals received on a given subtopic. Upon recommendation of a proposal for a Phase I award, NOAA reserves the right to review and negotiate, if necessary, the amount of the award.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Notice is sent to applicants for each proposal submitted stating whether it was recommended or not for award no more than 90 days after the closing date of the solicitation. Awards are issued no more than 180 days after the closing of the solicitation.
More than 180 days. Phase I applications may be revised and resubmitted during a later funding cycle, provided the subject matter of the proposal is not changed, and the topic area under which the proposal was originally submitted is still listed in the solicitation. Phase I grantees may apply for a Phase II grant only once for each Phase I project funded.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The selected areas of research are: Integrated Earth System Processes and Predictions; Environmental Observations; Decision Science, Risk Assessment and Risk Communication; Integrated Water Prediction; and, Arctic Research. The Small Business Innovation Research Program is carried out in three separate phases:
The purpose of Phase I is to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed research. NOAA Phase I grants are up to $120,000 for a 6-month period of performance.
Phase II is the research and development (R&D) or prototype development phase. It requires a comprehensive proposal outlining the research and a detailed plan to commercialize the final product. Phase II grants are up to $400,000 for a 24-month period of performance (plus an additional 12 months post-R&D for the development of a commercialization report).
Phase III is to be conducted by the small business concern (including joint ventures and limited partnerships), and will be non-SBIR funded through the exercising of a follow-on funding commitment. The purpose of Phase III is to stimulate technological innovation and the national return on investment from research through the pursuit of commercialization objectives resulting from the supported work carried out in Phases I and II. Grant funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct approved fundamental and applied research, extension and education objectives .
Under Phase III, the grantee is required to obtain funding from the private sector, a non-SBIR government source, or both, to further develop the prototype into a viable product or service for sale in the federal government and/or private sector markets.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Phase I grants are normally limited to six (6) months. Phase II grants are normally limited to two (2) years, with an additional year for the completion of the commercialization report. Recipient draw-down funds based on allowable project costs.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NOAA Technology Partnerships Office (TPO) Small Business Innovation Research Program 1305 East-West Highway, SSMC4 Silver Spring, MD 20910
1315 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, Room 11460
HQ /R /OM61
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $3,500,000.00; FY 20 est $10,000,000.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Maximum allowable amounts are as follows: Phase I grants: $120,000 each Phase II grants: $400,000 each
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The SBIR program was originally established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act (P.L. 97-219). It was then expanded by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, extending the program to the year 2000 and then to 2008. The program was reauthorized under Public Law 112-81, Section E. For over thirty years--since FY 1985--NOAA has awarded contracts to small, science and technology-focused companies under the SBA-administered Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I: • Mobile coastal monitor • Flow cytometry for aquatic single-particle optical properties • Improved Modelling for Aquaculture Site Selection, Evaluation and Permitting • Dart Improvement for Tagging Cetaceans • Automated tools for detecting risks associated with aquaculture or the environment • Single Mast Antenna System for Long-Range High Frequency Radar Station Resiliency • Sensor for detecting the toxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning • Seabed settling detection and measurement technique • Standards for environmental molecular assays for toxic and harmful organisms • Smartphone App for Marine Weather Observations • Position Error Maps for GPS/GNSS • Development of VTOL Fixed Wing UAS with 15 lb Payload • Robust Field-Deployable Measurements of Aerosol Composition • A robust HCl detector to characterize global halogen cycles • Data assimilation tool for improving NOAA operational forecasting systems • Low Cost, High Precision Citizen Science Coastal and Ocean Monitoring Tools • Advanced analysis software for new-generation gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers • Maritime and Arctic Observations (MAS) with Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) • NOy Cavity Right-Down InstrumentFiscal Year 2018
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I: • Mobile coastal monitor • Flow cytometry for aquatic single-particle optical properties • Improved Modelling for Aquaculture Site Selection, Evaluation and Permitting • Dart Improvement for Tagging Cetaceans • Automated tools for detecting risks associated with aquaculture or the environment • Single Mast Antenna System for Long-Range High Frequency Radar Station Resiliency • Sensor for detecting the toxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning • Seabed settling detection and measurement technique • Standards for environmental molecular assays for toxic and harmful organisms • Smartphone App for Marine Weather Observations • Position Error Maps for GPS/GNSS • Development of VTOL Fixed Wing UAS with 15 lb Payload • Robust Field-Deployable Measurements of Aerosol Composition • A robust HCl detector to characterize global halogen cycles • Data assimilation tool for improving NOAA operational forecasting systems • Low Cost, High Precision Citizen Science Coastal and Ocean Monitoring Tools • Advanced analysis software for new-generation gas chromatographs and mass spectrometers • Maritime and Arctic Observations (MAS) with Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) • NOy Cavity Right-Down Instrument