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Jim Cast Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1779)

RELEASE: 97-4

January 8, 1997

NASA ANNOUNCES 1996 SBIR PHASE I SELECTIONS

NASA has selected 349 research proposals for immediate negotiation of Phase I contracts in the Agency's 1996 Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR).

The current solicitation which closed in August 1996, prompted 2,367 proposals submitted by small, high technology businesses from across the United States. The combined award total for the 349 Phase I contracts is expected to be about $24 million.

The SBIR program seeks proposals directed at specific NASA needs. SBIR proposals are focused on meeting NASA mission requirements and further developing the proposed technology into commercial products and services. The SBIR program objectives are to stimulate technological innovation in the United States by using small businesses, including minority and disadvantaged firms, to meet federal research and development needs and to encourage commercial applications of federally supported research innovations.

Nine NASA field centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA Headquarters reviewed proposals for technical merit, feasibility and relevance to NASA research or technology requirements. The selected firms will be awarded fixed-price contracts valued at up to $70,000 each to perform a six-month Phase I feasibility study.

Companies which successfully complete the Phase I activities are eligible to compete for Phase II selection the following year. The Phase II award allows for a two-year, fixed-price contract in the amount up to $600,000.

In October 1992, the President signed legislation re- authorizing the SBIR program. As part of this new legislation, award authority was increased and greater emphasis has been placed on the development of commercial products and services.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A listing of companies selected for this program can be accessed electronically at:

A rundown of awards by NASA installation follows.

AWARD DISTRIBUTION BY NASA INSTALLATION

INSTALLATION

AWARDS

FIRMS

Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA

33

32

Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA

8

8

Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD

46

43

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Pasadena, CA

46

44

Johnson Space Center Houston, TX

48

40

Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center, FL

14

13

Langley Research Center Hampton, VA

50

49

Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH

49

44

Marshall Space Flight Center Marshall Space Flight Ctr, AL

48

44

Stennis Space Center Stennis Space Center, MS

7

7