NASA Selects 23 STTR Proposals for Further Development

NASA LOGOWASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services.

The Phase II selectees in NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program are permitted to enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total of approximately $17.2 million.

Technologies selected for further development under STTR Phase II will demonstrate the feasibility of new propellants for in-space propulsion, increase capabilities to perform autonomous navigations, and advance new methods for the manufacturing of advanced materials. High-tech firms in 13 states also have submitted selected proposals in partnership with research institutions spread out among 15 states.

“As teams in our Small Business Technology Transfer Program move into this second phase of development, we’ll see innovative concepts mature into technologies that can enhance our exploration plans on journeys to asteroids and Mars, while benefitting our technology based economy here on Earth,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology in Washington. “Through modest investments in technology development among American small business and research institution teams, we’re developing the new knowledge and capabilities needed to keep NASA leading the way forward in space exploration, while also keeping America in the lead in high-tech business enterprises.”

The STTR Program uses a highly competitive, three-phase award system that provides collaborative opportunities between qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, and research institutions to address specific technology gaps in NASA’s programs. Selected projects provide a foundation for future technology developments and are complementary to other NASA research investments.

Firms and research institutions that participated in Phase I of the STTR program submitted 32 Phase II proposals. Selection criteria included technical merit and innovation, Phase I results, value to NASA, commercial potential and company capabilities.

Under Phase I teams performed feasibility studies to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Phase II will expand on the results of the Phase I work, with as much as $750,000 to support research for as long as two additional years. Those that successfully complete Phase II may be eligible for Phase III work that focuses on commercialization and requires private sector or non-STTR federal funding.

NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, manages the STTR Program with executive oversight by the Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington. NASA’s field installations manage individual projects.

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. Over the next 18 months, the directorate will make significant new investments to address several high-priority challenges in achieving safe and affordable deep-space exploration. These focused technology thrust areas are tightly aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps, the Space Technology Investment Plan, and National Research Council recommendations.

Proposals Selected for Negotiation of Contracts

Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing
Tucson, AZ
Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Amethyst Research Inc.
Ardmore, OK
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK
Angstrom Designs, Inc.
Santa Barbara, CA
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation
Manassas, VA
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
CFD Research Corporation
Huntsville, AL
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
CFD Research Corporation
Huntsville, AL
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS
Creare, Inc.
Hanover, NH
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, FL
Directed Vapor Technologies International, Inc.
Charlottesville, VA
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
Materials Research and Design, Inc.
Wayne, PA
University of Akron
Akron, OH
MaXentric Technologies, LLC
Fort Lee, NJ
The Regents of the University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Mesh Robotics, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
Prioria, Inc.
Gainesville, FL
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Qualtech Systems, Inc.
East Hartford, CT
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
Radiance Technologies, Inc.
Huntsville, AL
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
RNET Technologies, Inc.
Dayton, OH
Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, IL
Rolling Hills Research Corporation
El Segundo, CA
The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Champaign, IL
Scientific Systems Company, Inc.
Woburn, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Space Micro, Inc.
San Diego, CA
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Streamline Automation, LLC
Huntsville, AL
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
Streamline Numerics, Inc.
Gainesville, FL
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS
Systems Technology, Inc.
Hawthorne, CA
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Systima Technologies, Inc.
Bothell, WA
University of Washington
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Seattle, WA
Wavefront, LLC
Basking Ridge, NJ
Utah State University Research Foundation – SDL
North Logan, UT