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Grants to USA Small Businesses for Innovative Research and Development Projects Related to Weather, Climate, and Oceans

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Technology Partnerships Office (TPO)
CFDA Number: 11.021
Funding or PIN Number: NOAA-OAR-TPO-2024-2008184
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/18/23
LOI Date: 11/22/23
Deadline: 12/20/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA small businesses for innovative research and development projects related to weather, climate, coasts, and oceans. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. The purpose of the program is to accelerate the development of commercial technologies. Grants will provide funding for conducting feasibility and proof of concept research.

The purpose of Phase I is to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed research and the quality of performance of the SBC receiving an award. The Phase I proposal should focus on research that will significantly contribute to evaluating the feasibility of the project, a prerequisite to further support in Phase II. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider, and discuss in their proposal, the commercial application and private sector potential for the proposed effort.

Research Topic Areas for the NOAA FY 2024 SBIR Phase I solicitation include:

  • Extreme Events and Cascading Hazards
  • Coastal Resilience
  • The Changing Ocean
  • Water Availability, Quality, and Risk
  • Effects of Space Weather
  • Monitoring and Modeling for Climate Change Mitigation

Priority Areas - Within these research topic areas, NOAA is especially interested in proposals developing technologies that integrate any of the NOAA Science & Technology Focus Areas, which include:

  • Uncrewed Systems (UxS)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data and Cloud Computing
  • ‘Omics
  • Citizen Science

Additionally, NOAA is highly interested in proposals that support the growth of the New Blue Economy, a knowledge-based economy looking to the sea not just for extraction of material goods, but for data and information to address climate change and inspire solutions.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140) directs SBIR Programs to give high priority to SBCs that participate in or conduct energy efficiency or renewable energy system R&D projects.

More information about the topics can be found on p. 44 of the NOFO in Attached Files.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Small businesses are eligible to apply.

Each applicant must qualify as a SBC for R/R&D purposes, as defined in Section 1.5 of the 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.

The R/R&D work must be performed in the United States.

Additional eligibility information can be found on p. 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NOAA FY24 SBIR Phase I Notice of Funding Opportunity informational webinar:

An informational webinar to discuss the Notice of Funding Opportunity and application process for the NOAA FY24 SBIR solicitation will be offered on Wednesday, October 18, at 4:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will include an overview of the FY24 competition and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions. Questions can be submitted in advance to with the subject “NOAA FY24 SBIR NOFO Webinar”.

Register for the webinar at

Pre-Application Information
Key dates:
- Wednesday, September 28, 2023: Notice of Funding Opportunity released
- Wednesday, October 18, 2023: Informational webinar at 4:00 p.m. ET
- November 22, 2023: Optional Letter of Intent due date at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- December 20, 2023: Full application due date at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Only electronic applications submitted via will be accepted.

An applicant may submit an optional Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submission of a full application package. One (1) LOI per applicant should be submitted via the FY24 NOAA SBIR Letter of Intent Submission Form. In response to submission of the LOI, the NOAA SBIR program will provide feedback indicating if an application is likely to be nonresponsive to the NOFO.

Applicants may submit only one (1) Phase 1 application in response to this FY 2024 Phase I NOFO; therefore, applicants may submit only one (1) LOI.

Each Phase I applicant must register in the Company Registry prior to submitting an application. The applicant must save its information from the registration in a .pdf document and append this document to the SF-424 form as described at the end of Section 8.1 of the NOFO.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or Federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier (UEI) in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

For Phase I, a minimum of two-thirds of the research and/or analytical effort must be performed by the proposing SBC. The total cost for all consultant fees, facility leases, usage fees, and other subcontract/subaward or purchase agreements may not exceed one-third of the total award.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Up to 35

Estimated Size of Grant
NOAA Phase I SBIR awards provide up to $175,000.

Term of Contract
Awards will fund a six month period of performance.

The tentative award start date for the FY24 competition is June 1, 2024.

Contact Information
LOI Submission:

Programmatic Questions:
SBIR Program Office
Dr. Genevieve Lind
Subject Line: NOAA-OAR-TPO-2024-2008184

Electronic Application Submission through
Phone: 1-800-518-4726

Grant Administrative Rules and Regulations:
Raishan Adams

RFP & Supporting Documents
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