Cooperative agreements to USA and territories small businesses for technological and scientific research and development projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority is given to applicants that conduct or participate in renewable energy system or energy efficiency R&D projects.
The statutory purpose of the SBIR Program is to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns (SBCs) in Federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). Specific program goals are to: (1) stimulate technological innovation; (2) use small business to meet Federal R/R&D needs; (3) foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses and by women-owned small businesses in technological innovation; and (4) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity, and economic growth.
The NIST FY 2022 SBIR program identifies and solicits applications in topics that fall within NIST’s mission and allow collaboration between NIST scientists and the SBIR awardees whenever possible.
NIST’s research activities provide industry, academia and other federal agencies with world-class research capabilities in measurement science that form the foundation of the global system of weights and measures and enable innovation. NIST provides measurement tools and standards to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and security in the areas described in the NOFO, beginning on page 65.
The SBIR statute (15 U.S.C. § 638) requires the Department of Commerce to establish a three-phase SBIR program by reserving a percentage of its extramural R&D budget to be awarded to SBCs for innovation research. SBIR policy is provided by the SBA through the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive. For more information about the phases, see page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.