NOAA SBIR Program Overview

NOAA SBIR:  A Three-Phase Approach
Following submission of proposals, agencies make SBIR awards based on small business qualification, degree of innovation, technical merit, and future market potential. Small businesses that receive awards then begin a three-phase program.
  • Phase I is the start up phase. Awards of up to $150,000 for approximately 6 months support exploration of the technical merit or feasibility of an idea or technology.
  • Phase II awards are up to $500,000, for a 24-month period of performance to expand Phase I results. During this time, the R&D work is performed and the developer evaluates commercialization potential. Only Phase I award winners are considered for Phase II.
  • Phase III is the period during which Phase II innovation moves from the laboratory into the marketplace. No SBIR funds support this phase. The small business must find funding in the private sector or other non-SBIR federal agency funding.

NOAA SBIR Introduction  NOAA SBIR One-Page Overview


Participation Eligibility:

Small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate in the SBIR program.

  • American-owned and independently operated
  • For-profit
  • Principal researcher employed by business
  • Company size limited to 500 employees

Release of Proposal Review Information

After final award decisions have been announced, the technical evaluations of proposals that passed the screening criteria will be provided to the offeror with written notification of award/non-award.  The identity of the reviewers will not be disclosed.



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