NASA: SBIR/STTR 2021 Phase I Solicitation

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Subtopic: T6.06 Enabling Spacecraft Water Monitoring through Nanotechnology

The 2021 National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) program solicitation was released November 9, 2020. Proposals will be due January 8, 2021. The NASA SBIR/STTR program funds the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies in the areas of aeronautics, science, human exploration and operations, and space technology that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual Solicitations and have significant potential for successful commercialization.

The technical Subtopic:T6.06 “Enabling Spacecraft Water Monitoring through Nanotechnology” may be of interest to the nanotechnology community. NASA is seeking proposals for miniature analytical systems that identify and quantify inorganic and organic species in potable water and wastewater for use during long-duration human missions away from Earth. Multispecies analyte measurement capability is of interest, that would provide a similar capability to that available from standard water monitoring instruments such as ion-chromatography, inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy, and high-performance liquid chromatography. This subtopic is aligned with the thrust "Enabling Next-Generation Water Monitoring Systems with Nanotechnology," described within a white paper of the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI) "Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology."

Subtopic T6.06 requires a partnership between a small business and a research institution.  See NASA’s SBIR website for further details on the technical scope of the solicitation, proposal requirements and submission information.