NASA selects 20 R & D proposals from small businesses in technology transfer program

WASHINGTON. NASA has chosen 20 research and technology proposals from 19 small businesses in the U.S. -- valued at $15 million -- from 19 American small businesses. Each of the businesses is partnering with research institutions for Phase II of NASA’s competitive Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

The awards, say NASA, cover such critical technology needs as a distributed electric propulsion aircraft comprehensive analysis and design tool to help the agency test the next generation of electric propulsion aircraft; an autonomous power controller for mission-critical microgrid power systems; and multiphase modeling of a solid rocket motor internal environment.

The companies selected for Phase II of the program will focus on the development, demonstration, and delivery of the innovation. Contracts for these Phase II projects -- chosen as a result of competitive evaluations and based on selection criteria provided in the solicitation -- last for 24 months, with a maximum funding of $750,000.

NASA officials state that STTR supports NASA's future missions into deep space and benefits the U.S. economy and that the selected proposals will support the development of technologies in the areas of aeronautics, science, human exploration and operations, and space technology.

"Our STTR program focuses both entrepreneurs and leading research institutions on NASA’s long-term goals, bringing the latest in aerospace research to our programs," said Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “We are excited to see the results of these latest awardees.”

For a complete list of awardees, please visit the list on the NASA website.