Opportunity number
NOAA-OAR-OAR TPO-2019-2005899
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Small Business Innovation Research Program
Due date
Big Data
Project funding
Program funding
Funding size
Up to $5M

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites small businesses to submit research proposals under this NOFO. Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the topic areas listed in Section 9 of this announcement and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to participate. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is not a substitute for existing unsolicited proposal mechanisms. NOAA Big Data Partnerships9.4.01 Technologies using NOAA Big Data Project Datasets.

NOAA’s Big Data Project (BDP) began nearly three years ago with the goal of facilitating public use of key NOAA environmental datasets in the Cloud. By placing the data into the cloud and allowing users to do analyses of data and extract information without having to transfer and store these massive datasets themselves, the NOAA Big Data Project is creating massive opportunities for small companies to create new and innovative products and services for commercial sales.
In 2019, we are offering U.S. small businesses the additional opportunity of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to enable the creation of commercial products and services using these datasets. The datasets are available through different Cloud platforms. Information on what datasets are on what platform can be found here: https://ncics.org/data/noaa-big-data-project/. NOAA will continue to maintain these datasets on these platforms after the Big Data Project has concluded and the data will be freely available through NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) as well.

Applications in this subtopic might include activities that enable the development of one or more commercial product(s) that advance NOAA’s mission areas identified in the main research topics under Section 9 of this NOFO (ie. Aquaculture, Recreational and Commercial Fisheries, etc). Applications should include capabilities above and beyond the original data to be of commercial value and interest to the public, industry, or both. Please also provide letters of support for any strategic partnerships you may be able to apply to the venture to ensure success.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

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.The objectives of the SBIR program are to: stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R&D needs; foster and encourage participation by businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small business concerns in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal research and development. The NOAA SBIR Program identifies and solicits proposals in subtopics that fall within NOAA’s mission.

How do you submit to this opportunity?

Applicants are urged to use Grants.gov’s Download Submitted Applications feature to check that all required attachments were contained in their submission. Go to the Grants.gov Online Users Guide available at the Grants.gov site. Compliance with SBIR Program Requirements, Applicant Fraud Awareness Training – Certificate of Training Completion. Complete the training at: https://techpartnerships.noaa.gov/SBIR.

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

Each applicant must qualify as a small business concern for research or research and development (R/R&D) purposes, as defined in Section 1.7 of this NOFO, at the time of the award and at any other time set forth in the SBA’s regulations at 13 CFR 121.701- 121.705. In addition, the primary employment of the principal investigator (PI) must be with the small business concern (SBC) at the time of the award and during the conduct of the proposed project. Primary employment means that more than one-half of the principal investigator’s time is spent in the employ of the SBC. Primary employment with a SBC precludes full-time employment with another organization. Further, a small business may only replace the principal investigator on an SBIR Phase I award if the NOAA Grants Officer provides prior written approval.

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