NOAA SBIR FY 2023 Phase I

The Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites small businesses to submit research proposals under this NOFO.

Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the research topic areas listed in Section 9. 0 of


this announcement and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to participate.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is not a substitute for existing unsolicited proposal mechanisms.

Unsolicited proposals are not accepted under the SBIR program.

Only FY 2023 Phase I applications may be submitted in response to this NOFO.

Phase II applications are not being accepted at this time.

NOAA will publish a Phase II NOFO approximately 30 days prior to the end of the previous year’s Phase I period of performance to request Phase II applications.

That NOFO will provide instructions for Phase I awardees to prepare a Phase II application and the closing date for submission of applications; only the previous year’s Phase I awardees are eligible to submit a Phase II application.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was originally established in 1982 by the Small Business Innovation Development Act (P.L.

97-219), codified at 15 U.S.C.

§ 63 8. It was then expanded and extended by the Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992 (P.L.

102-564), and received subsequent reauthorization and extensions, the most recent of which extends the SBIR program through 202 5. (P.L.


Each Federal agency with an extramural budget for research/research and Development (R/R&D) in excess of $100,000,000 must participate in the SBIR program and spend (obligate) a minimum percentage of their extramural R/R&D budgets (obligations) of not less than 3. 2% of such budget in fiscal year 2017 and for the percentage required by statute for each fiscal year after for awards to small business concerns (SBCs) for R/R&D under the SBIR program.

The objectives of the SBIR program are to:
stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R&D needs; foster and encourage participation by businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned SBCs in technological innovation; and increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D funding.

Fostering diversity by encouraging the participation of individuals from nationally underrepresented groups in the scientific research workforce is longstanding interest of Congress, and a key component of NOAA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (e.g., Public Law 114-329, American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017, and

Increasing participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned small businesses is critical to the success of the SBIR program.
Agency: Department of Commerce

Office: Department of Commerce

Estimated Funding: $4,400,000

Who's Eligible

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Each applicant must qualify as a SBC for R/R&D purposes, as defined in Section 1.5 of this NOFO, at the time of the award and at any other time set forth in the SBA’s regulations at 13 CFR 121.701- 121.705.

Each awardee, at the time of the award (but not at the time of the application), must submit a certification (See Appendix B) stating that it meets the size, ownership, and other requirements of the SBIR Program and at any other time set forth in SBA’s regulations at 13 CFR 121.701-705 in order to qualify for the award.In addition, the primary employment of the principal investigator (PI) must be with the SBC at the time of the award and during the conduct of the proposed project.

Primary employment means that at least 51% of the Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) time is spent in the employ of the SBC.

Primary employment with a SBC precludes9full-time employment with another organization.

Further, an SBC may only replace the principal investigator on a SBIR Phase I award if the NOAA Grants Officer provides prior written approval.The R/R&D work must be performed in the United States.

Requests for an exemption must be submitted in writing prior to application submission.

Only rare and unique circumstances will be considered for an exemption.

The NOAA Grants Officer must approve each exemption and its terms in writing.For Phase I, a minimum of two-thirds of the research and/or analytical effort must be performed by the awardee.

The total cost for all consultant fees, facility leases, usage fees, and other subcontract/sub-award or purchase agreements may not exceed one-third of the total award.Applicants (and any affiliated individuals) may not participate in the selection of any topic.

Additionally, they may not participate in the review of proposals.

All associated entities to applicants to this NOFO (including Guest Researchers, Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) partners and others working with NOAA) may only submit a proposal if they:● Had no role in developing or reviewing the topic;● Have not been the recipient of any information on the topic not available in the NOFO or by other public means; and● Have not received any assistance from DOC in preparing the proposal for this specific NOFO (including any 'informal' reviews) prior to submission.NOAA may not enter into, or continue, an existing CRADA with an awardee under this program.Each applicant will be required to provide certain information via as well as other information required by the SBIR Policy Directive (see Appendices V-VI), found at

Each SBC applying for an award is required to update the appropriate information in for any of its existing and prior SBIR awards.Venture Capital Participation: NOAA elects not to use the authority that would allow venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds, or private equity firms to participate in the SBIR Program.

Applications in which work would be performed by VCOCs will not be considered for award.

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