NOAA Awards FY14 SBIR Phase I Contracts
The Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, awarded 11 Phase I contracts for FY 2014. These awards are up to $95,000 each, and totaling approximately $1,045,000. The awards are for a six-month effort to demonstrate the feasibility of innovative approaches to the research topics identified in the “DOC/NOAA SBIR Program Solicitation for FY 2014 (NOAA 2014-1).”
The SBIR program is highly competitive. A total of 76 proposals were received by DOC/NOAA in response to its FY 2014 solicitation. Internal and external scientists and/or engineers independently reviewed the proposals. With the funds available, only 11 were selected for an award. Final selection was based upon the results of the reviews, relative importance to DOC/NOAA needs, relationship to on-going research, and potential for commercialization. Abstracts of the successful Phase I proposals submitted under this solicitation, and brief comments on their anticipated results can be found here.