Opportunity number
Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Small Business Innovation Research Program
Due date
March 13, 2022
Advanced Manufacturing Big Data Energy Infrastructure Innovation
Project funding
Program funding
Funding size
Up to $5M

NOAA Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II

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.

The NOAA SBIR program identifies and solicits proposals on topics that fall within NOAA’s mission. NOAA has the unilateral right to select SBIR research topics and awardees in both Phase I and Phase II and award several or no grants under a given topic. All awards are subject to the availability of funds. NOAA is not responsible for any costs expended by the applicant in the development of the proposal and prior to award. Only proposals that are directly responsive to the topics described in NOAA-OAR-OAR TPO2021-2006702will be considered.

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?

Only FY 2021 NOAA SBIR Phase I awardees under NOFO number NOAA-OAR-OAR TPO-2021-2006702 with project start dates of September 1, 2021 and project end dates of no later than February 28th, 2022 are eligible to submit a Phase II application in response to this NOFO.

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