Welcome to the 2020 Society of Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference attendees and members! 

Are you looking for funding opportunities? Do you have an idea, but are not sure how to finance it? We invite you to explore our website to learn more about NOAA's SBIR program.

"Our mission is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds to build a strong national economy. Whether you are a student or professional, our website offers something for everyone. Visit our website to find information on funding opportunities, partnerships with NOAA, upcoming events, and much more."   ~ the NOAA SBIR Team  "Making Small Business Our Business"

What is the SBIR program?

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages small businesses to engage in a competitive awards-based program to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development with the ultimate goal of commercialization.  
The NOAA SBIR program funds the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that are directly related to NOAA mission needs and have significant potential for successful commercialization. The NOAA SBIR program has an approximate annual budget of $10 million. These funds are awarded to small businesses that submit the best proposal to NOAA and are selected through a competitive review process.  NOAA runs a three-phase process for awards. Every fall, NOAA issues a solicitation for research proposals for specific topics. Visit the NOAA Science & Technology Focus Areas to learn more about NOAA's mission priorities.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about NOAA's SBIR program!

Program Overview

Learn about the NOAA SBIR program through this informational webinar hosted by TMA BluTech, presented by Mr. Richard Fulton, the NOAA SBIR Program Manager.

How to Apply for an SBIR Award?

Use this as a guide to learn more about the program and help you to get started on the NOAA SBIR application process.

Upcoming Events 

Get information on the SBIR Road Tour which replaces the physical SBIR bus tours due to Covid-19. These tours brings together local entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies around the country with SBIR Program Managers from several federal agencies. This is a chance to hear directly from federal agency SBIR Program Managers that administer over $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year and to meet virtually one-on-one with program decision makers. 

One of the goals of the SBA SBIR program is to "foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and socially or economically disadvantaged persons." For this reason, the NOAA SBIR program seeks opportunities to strengthen outreach to undeserved communities. Visit our upcoming events section for information on all events.

NOAA SBIR Company Success Stories

Our success stories highlight companies who have made big impacts with successful technological innovations through the NOAA SBIR program. 

If you are interested in hearing about the technology or products that have been developed with funding from NOAA, visit the NOAA Innovators Series site to learn more about how NOAA is engaging small businesses using SBIR.

Stay Engaged

Sign up for the our Listserv to receive information on upcoming webinars, SBIR program announcements, including announcements about our Solicitation and new opportunities to partner with NOAA. Email SBIR.SACNAS2020@noaa.gov subject "Subscribe".

Not quite ready for SBIR funding? Looking for grants, scholarships, or other partnerships within NOAA? Visit the NOAA Office of Education website for more information.  

Photo of TPO Outreach Booth and staff members at TMA BlueTech Week 2019 in San Diego, CA.

Photo of TPO receiving the BlueTech Community Leadership Award at TMA BlueTech Week 2019 in San Diego, CA.

Photo of TPO staff and the 2019 Phase II Awardees at the NOAA SBIR Phase II Kickoff Meeting in Silver Spring, MD.


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