About the SBIR/STTR Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs provide an opportunity for small, high technology companies and research institutions (RI) to participate in Government sponsored research and development (R&D) efforts in key technology areas. NASA SBIR Phase I contracts have a period of performance for 6 months with a maximum funding of $125,000, and Phase II contracts have a period of performance up to 24 months with a maximum funding of $750,000. The STTR Phase I contracts last for 6 months with a maximum funding of $125,000, and Phase II contracts last for 24 months with the maximum contract value of $750,000.
The NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) awards and administers Phase I, Phase II and some Phase III SBIR/STTR contracts. NSSC's duties and responsibilities include the Procurement Policy Manager (PPM), Contracting Officer (CO), Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) and Contract Specialist. The NSSC does, in coordination with the SBIR/STTR Program Executive and SBIR/STTR Program Management Office, participate in the development of SBIR/STTR solicitations, model contracts, in the debriefing of unsuccessful offerors, and in the design and content maintenance activities for the EHBs. NSSC does, in coordination with Field Center Program Offices, verify Center recommended Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs)/Technical Monitors (TMs) and alternates are compliant with the COR Training requirements and obtains a temporary waiver if necessary, appoints CORs and alternates, establishes and maintains official contract files, conducts contract negotiations; performs various analyses, develops contract documents and oversees document approval and execution. The NSSC processes and coordinates contractual actions including deliverables, compliance issues, invoices processing and contractors reporting.