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With a greater emphasis on commercialization, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners.

Want to gain access to NASA SMEs, investors, and other government funders?

The NASA SBIR Ignite program includes hybrid (in-person and virtual) events leading up to the official solicitation in Summer 2023. This is your chance to connect with key players in the industry and position your startup or small business for success. Register for access to general panel sessions and networking reception!

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?

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. Regular SBIR solicitations are focused on the infusion of technologies into NASA mission sets, where NASA is the key customer.

  • Higher weight on commercial viability

  • Lower barriers to entry - shorter proposal and less prescriptive topics

  • Expedited review process

Advantages of NASA SBIR Ignite:

  • You get 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

  • We conduct 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 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.

How can I learn more about NASA SBIR Ignite?

Join our Slack to get direct access to the NASA SBIR Ignite team and general community to ask questions and gain access resources and recordings of previous events! 

Upcoming Events: Company Coaching Webinars

Company Coaching webinars are intended to provide small business and startups with resources and best practices 


These webinars are meant to help you put your best foot forward - whether you're interested in NASA SBIR Ignite or not. 

Register following the links in the table. 

Telling Your Story
5/18/23 3:00 PM
Diligencing Investors / Negotiating Terms
6/07/23 12:00 PM
Other Government Opportunities and Similarities Differences in Working with Them
7/19/23 12:00 PM
Finding Strategic Partners/Funders
8/17/23 12:00 PM
Interest Form

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