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NASA selects 16 small business projects

NASA selects 16 small business projects
This NASA photo taken by an Astronaut onboard the Space Shuttle Discover shows the International Space Station as the space shuttle separates, March 25, 2009. Earlier the STS-119 and Expedition 18 crews concluded 9 days, 20 hours and 10 minutes of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station to install a solar array trust onto the station. Space Shuttle Discovery is preparing for its Saturday afternoon return to Earth. (UPI Photo/NASA) | License Photo

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has selected 16 proposals for possible contract awards in its Small Business Technology Transfer program.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials said the selected projects -- with a total value of approximately $9.6 million -- will be awarded to 16 hi-tech firms partnered with 15 universities in 18 states. NASA is one of the federal agencies required to reserve a portion of its research and development funds to award to small business.

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The program is a highly competitive, three-phase award system. Phase 1, with one-year awards up to $100,000, is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Phase 2, with two-year awards up to $600,000, expands on the results of the development in Phase 1, while Phase 3 is for the commercialization of the results of Phase 2 projects and requires the use of private sector or non-STTR federal funding.

The list of selected Phase 2 companies is available at http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/sttr2007/phase2/awards/index.html.

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