Small Business Innovation Research Program

NOAA's SBIR Program is seeking highly innovative products with excellent commercial potential. All SBIR proposals must directly benefit the NOAA mission, but should also be responsive to the greater market demands in order to be successful. All SBIR applications must be made in response to a NOAA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), which will be made available once per year on this site and through the website

To view past NOAA SBIR-funded projects, click here.

Competitive Opportunity for Small Business

SBIR targets the entrepreneurial sector because that is where most innovation and innovators thrive. However, the risk and expense of conducting serious R&D efforts are often beyond the means of many small businesses. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger businesses. SBIR funds the critical startup and development stages and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy.

Since its enactment in 1982, as part of the Small Business Innovation Development Act, SBIR has helped thousands of small businesses to compete for federal research and development awards. Their contributions have enhanced the nation's defense, protected our environment, advanced health care, and improved our ability to manage information and manipulate data.

NOAA FY 2021 Funding Opportunity

The FY 2021 Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has been published to  as of October 15, 2020, with a closing date of January 13, 2021, and can be viewed here

May 20, 2021 Update on SBIR NOAA-OAR-OAR TPO- 2021-2006702 NOFO competition, which closed on January 13, 2021. 

For general information and application tips, check out the NOAA SBIR Grant Application Help Sheet. For technical assistance with the online application, please visit the Support page.

Required Training for all SBIR Applicants

Program Contacts

Genevieve Lind, Ph.D., NOAA SBIR Program Manager, Email:

Janet Russell, NOAA SBIR Grants Program Officer, Email:

Michele Pollard, NOAA SBIR Program Officer, Email:

Tiffany House, NOAA SBIR Commercialization Specialist, Email:

Clarissa Ford, NOAA SBIR Program Assistant, Email: 


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