NASA has selected nine research proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards for the 2001 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.

Phase 2 continues development of the most promising previously selected Phase 1 projects. Selection criteria include scientific and technical merit, company capabilities, commercial potential, future importance and eventual value of the innovation to NASA. Funding for Phase 2 contracts may be up to $500,000 for a two-year performance period.

Contractors completing Phase 1 projects submitted a total of 18 Phase 2 proposals. All proposals were peer reviewed for both technical merit and commercial potential. The combined award total for the nine Phase 2 contracts is expected to be $4.5 million.

The STTR Program is designed to stimulate technological innovation; help small businesses become better qualified to assist NASA in its research and development; and increase private commercialization of federally funded research. The program also requires small businesses to conduct cooperative research and development by partnering with a research institution.

The goals of the STTR program are to stimulate technological innovation; increase the use of small business, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, to meet federal research and development needs; and to increase private sector commercialization of federally funded research results. Two of the nine companies announced today are disadvantaged firms.

The STTR Program Management Office is located at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. NASA’s Office of Aerospace Technology, Washington provides executive oversight. Individual STTR projects are managed by the 10 NASA field centers.

A listing of the selected companies is on the Internet at: