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.


Learn About our Current Funding Opportunity


  • Federal Register Notice: Announcement for the Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Notice of Funding Opportunity and Procurement Award Changes for the Fiscal Year 2019 and Beyond
Required Training for all SBIR Applicants

Program Contacts

Genevieve Lind, Ph.D., NOAA SBIR Program Manager, Email:

Janet Russell, NOAA SBIR Grants Program Officer, Email:

Michele Pollard, NOAA SBIR Program Officer, Email:

Tiffany House, NOAA SBIR Commercialization Specialist, Email:

Clarissa Ford, NOAA SBIR Program Assistant, Email: 

Quiana Royster, NOAA SBIR Program Assistant, Email:

SBIR Mail List

Join our mailing list to stay connected with the NOAA SBIR Program and to learn about upcoming events, workshops, requests for proposals, and other resources that we have to offer. Use our Google Form or you may email with the subject "Subscribe".

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