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 2019 Funding Opportunity 

The FY19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been posted to To view the full announcement, visit The 2019 funding opportunity is now closed. 

Regarding the submission of questions, per pages 11-12 of the NOFO:

UPDATE! All questions pertaining to subtopics (Section 9 of this NOFO) were due no later than December 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern to the NOAA SBIR Program Office, via the email address provided below []. That deadline has passed. No further questions about the current research topics/subtopics will be accepted. 

Answers to inquiries submitted prior to the deadline will be posted to

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/STTR Spring Innovation Conference 2019
June 16-19, 2019
Boston, MA

Recent Events

Blue Tech Week
November 5-9, 2018
San Diego, CA

SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit 2018
October 23-25, 2018
Tampa, FL - Click here for our latest conference handout

#AskNOAASBIR Twitterchat
October 15, 2018 at 11:30am (Eastern)

Introduction to the NOAA SBIR Program (Webinar hosted by the Arkansas SBTDC)
August 27, 2018 at 11:00am (Eastern)

Program Contacts

Vince Garcia
NOAA SBIR Program Manager

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