SSTI analyzes success rates for SBIR and STTR proposals submitted to NASA

The latest SSTI Digest analyzed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards submitted to NASA between 2017 and 2021.

According to the report (click here), 23 percent of proposals submitted for Phase I SBIR/STTR funding were approved (1,887 awards from 8,360 proposals). The acceptance rate for Phase II proposals, which are generally encouraged or discouraged based on Phase I outcomes, was 58 percent (791 of 1,359 approved).

The number of Phase I proposals varies greatly by state. At the upper end of the range, California-based companies submitted approximately 22 percent (1,847) of all Phase I applications to NASA, and Colorado-based companies submitted 8.6 percent (719). At the other end of the range, South Dakota and Puerto Rico both saw only one proposal each, while no company in Alaska, Iowa, Nebraska, or North Dakota submitted a proposal to NASA during this five-year period.

How well did Tennessee perform? A total of 10 awards out of 71 submitted.

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