NOAA issues FY23 call for Phase I SBIR proposals

Small businesses must submit a Letter of Intent by
January 13, 2023

On December 2, 2022 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. NOAA Phase I SBIR awards provide up to $175,000, which funds a six month period of performance for conducting feasibility and proof of concept research. The tentative award start date for the FY23 competition is August 1, 2023. 

NOAA encourages proposals from qualified small businesses for highly innovative technologies with strong commercial potential that fit within NOAA’s mission areas. 

To be eligible to submit a Phase I application, small businesses must first submit a required Letter of Intent via this form by Friday, January 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET). In response to submission of the Letter of Intent, the NOAA SBIR Program will provide feedback indicating if an application is likely to be nonresponsive to the NOFO. Instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent are available in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Full applications must be submitted through by March 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET).

Topics for the NOAA FY 2023 SBIR Phase I solicitation include:
  • 9.1  Extreme Events and Cascading Hazards
  • 9.2  Coastal Resilience
  • 9.3  The Changing Ocean
  • 9.4  Water Availability, Quality, and Risk
  • 9.5  Effects of Space Weather
  • 9.6  Monitoring and Modeling for Climate Change Mitigation

Additionally, NOAA gives high priority to proposals developing technologies that integrate any of the NOAA Science & Technology Focus Areas, which include Uncrewed Systems (UxS), Artificial Intelligence, Data and Cloud Computing, ‘Omics, and Citizen Science.

NOAA FY23 SBIR Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity informational webinar:

An informational webinar to discuss the Notice of Funding Opportunity and application process for the NOAA FY23 SBIR solicitation will take place on Tuesday, December 13th at 1:00 pm (ET). The webinar will include an overview of the FY23 competition and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Questions can be submitted in advance to with the subject “NOAA FY23 SBIR NOFO Webinar”. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the NOAA SBIR website

Register for the webinar by clicking HERE.

Key dates:
  • Thursday, December 2, 2022: Notice of Funding Opportunity released
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022: Informational Webinar
  • Friday, January 13, 2023: Letter of Intent (required) due date
  • Friday, February 10, 2023: Letter of Intent feedback provided
  • Friday, March 17, 2023: Full application due date

The NOAA SBIR Program aims to stimulate U.S. economic and business growth through the commercialization of innovative, mission-relevant technologies by investing in small businesses and providing education and support to entrepreneurs throughout the process of researching, developing, and commercializing technologies. For additional information, please visit our website, follow the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office on LinkedIn and Twitter @NOAAinnovate, or contact the NOAA SBIR Program at

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Published on December 2, 2022

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