Program Details and Focus Topics
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Ignite Solicitation is a pilot program focused on technologies with a strong commercial pull. More information can be found on the NASA SBIR Ignite website.
Why NASA SBIR Ignite?
Regular SBIR solicitations are focused on the infusion of technologies into NASA mission sets, where NASA is the key customer. NASA SBIR Ignite seeks technologies that will stimulate commercial markets where there is a need overlap with NASA, where NASA is not the primary customer.
Higher weight on commercial viability
Lower barriers to entry - shorter proposal and less prescriptive topics
Expedited review process
Advantages of NASA SBIR Ignite:
A simplified and streamlined application process to get innovative technologies and firms into the NASA pipeline.
You keep control and ownership over your intellectual property
We de-risk your technology by providing funding to help push R&D, making it more attractive to investors
An assessment of your technology for feasibility and commercialization potential by top NASA technology and industry experts
Who is NASA SBIR Ignite for?
Entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses based in the United States that are:
New to NASA or SBIR
Looking to get capabilities to market
High growth, product-oriented in a NASA-relevant field
Must qualify as a Small Business Concern (SBC) with 500 employees or less and legally established in the U.S. A Small Business Concern (SBC) must satisfy the following conditions on the date of award for both Phase I and Phase II funding agreements: (1) is organized for profit, with a place of business located in the United States, which operates primarily within the United States or which makes a significant contribution to the United States economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor; (2) is in the legal form of an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, joint venture, association, trust or cooperative, except that if the concern is a joint venture, each entity to the venture must meet the requirements set forth in paragraph (3) below; (3) is more than 50 percent directly owned and controlled by one or more individuals (who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States), other small business concerns (each of which is more than 50% directly owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States), or any combination of these; and (4) has, including its affiliates, not more than 500 employees. (For explanation of affiliate see www.sba.gov/size(link is external)).
What are the topic areas for NASA SBIR Ignite?
Topics areas for 2023 NASA SBIR Ignite are coming out soon. You can find the topics areas for 2022 NASA SBIR Ignite here.
We want you to learn more about NASA SBIR Ignite! Join an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session about the program
AMA sessions are interactive Q&A sessions where you can get your questions answered in real time
Upcoming AMA's on the weeks of March 14 - April 3.
Get your questions answered by:
Maxwell Briggs, NASA SBIR Shape Value Proposition Lead
Quenton Bonds, NASA SBIR/STTR Entrepreneurial Engagement and Special Projects
Register for one using the links in the table.
Introduce 2023 NASA SBIR Ignite Program
Introduce Spark Events - programming leading up to the solicitation, intended to support small business entrepreneurs and startup founders in building out a strong NASA SBIR Ignite proposal
Sign up for updates on the 2023 NASA SBIR Ignite Program
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