Grants: Reports

Endorsements Coming In for Obama's Space Plan

"President Obama’s new plan for NASA, released February 1st, is endorsed by bipartisan groups representing governors, former legislators, astronauts, and former NASA senior managers and a half dozen editorial boards."  See the Commercial Space Federation's links to all and the good news for commercial space.

Small Business Innovative Research/Technology Transfer Programs & Aerospace

Blakey represents the Aerospace Industries Assn. consisting of about 300 aerospace manufacturing companies and thousands of small business subcontractor businesses who supply them with subsystem parts. Together they represent about 2 million well-paying jobs and the industry sector provides a positive trade balance of $57B, the largest of any U.S. manufacturing sector. The Federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly important to these small businesses in developing next-generation innovations for this sector. SBIR grants provide R&D funds to 38 percent of all scientists and engineers in the U.S. and help produce 7 patents/day. Small businesses receive only 4.3% of Federal R&D funds and is critical to their ongoing innovation. In this testimony the AIA recommends program reauthorization with some suggested improvements that can positively impact the aerospace sector and U.S. competitiveness.

NSF Funding Opportunity

The NSF funds “approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.” This link directs you to the Partnerships of Innovation (PFI) page. "This competition will support 15-25 promising partnerships among academia, state/local/federal government, and the private sector that will explore new approaches to support and sustain innovation.” Further information of recent awards and application guidelines are provided that can be valuable for commercial space entrepreneurs.