Small Business Innovation Research Program

NOAA's SBIR Program is seeking highly innovative products with excellent commercial potential. All SBIR proposals must directly benefit the NOAA mission, but should also be responsive to the greater market demands in order to be successful. All SBIR applications must be made in response to a NOAA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which will be made available once per year on this site and through the website

To view past NOAA SBIR-funded projects, click here.

Competitive Opportunity for Small Business

SBIR targets the entrepreneurial sector because that is where most innovation and innovators thrive. However, the risk and expense of conducting serious R&D efforts are often beyond the means of many small businesses. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger businesses. SBIR funds the critical startup and development stages and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy.

Since its enactment in 1982, as part of the Small Business Innovation Development Act, SBIR has helped thousands of small businesses to compete for federal research and development awards. Their contributions have enhanced the nation's defense, protected our environment, advanced health care, and improved our ability to manage information and manipulate data.

NOAA FY 20 Funding Opportunity

The FY20 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will be posted in the Fall. Announcements can be found by using the search function on  Please search for CFDA number 11.021.

For general information and application tips, check out the NOAA SBIR Grant Application Help Sheet. For technical assistance with the online application, please visit the Support page.

Required Training for all SBIR Applicants

Upcoming Events

SBIR/TechConnect Innovation Conference
October 8-10, 2019
Gaylord National Harbor, MD

iNOAAvation Center at Blue Tech Week 
November 20-22, 2019 
San Diego, CA

Program Contacts

 NOAA SBIR Program Manager (VACANT) 

Tiffany House, NOAA Commercialization Specialist, Email:

Clarissa Ford, SBIR Program Assistant, Email: 

Report Fraud, Waste, & Abuse to:

Department of Commerce
Office of Inspector General
Complaint Intake Unit, 
Mail Stop 7886 
1401 Constitution Ave, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20230

T. 800.424.5197
TDD. 855.860.6954
Local: 202.482.2495



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1305 East West Highway
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Silver Spring, MD 20910

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