NASA, one of the largest players in the SBIR/STTR funding pool, has opened the 2011 SBIR/STTR solicitation for Phase I projects. Proposals are due September 8. The maximum value of Phase I awards has been increased to $125,000. According to NASA, the acceptance rate for both SBIR and STTR proposals is 8:1, with 45 percent of those selected for Phase I also being selected for follow-on Phase II awards. Topics include specific areas within aeronautics research, exploration systems, space operations and planet & space science. The topic list is included in the solicitation. Remember to read the solicitation carefully and make sure you meet all the checklist requirements. For more information, review our online resources or join us at an SBIR Circle, held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in ATDC room 207 at Technology Square, 75 Fifth St NW.