Under the SBIR program, NOAA will fund Phase I projects to determine the scientific,
technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed research. Phase I funding is limited to $120,000 for 6 months of work, and if the project is successful, you can apply for Phase II funding. Phase II project funding is limited to $400,000 for 24 months of work, and is intended as the R&D or prototype development phase.
NOAA restricts any oral and/or written communication, save for questions and answers concerning additional information on the technical subtopics described in Section 9 of their Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Questions may be submitted through the NOAA SBIR Program Office via email, and all responses will be publicly, though anonymously, posted on the
NOAA SBIR website. There is a set time period for submitting questions, falling between first issuance of the NOFO and closing of the opportunity, and this period will change on an annual basis. Make sure you are looking at the latest version of the NOFO to ensure you are in compliance.