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Small Business Industry Awards

The Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) recognize the outstanding Small Business Prime Contractor, Small Business Subcontractor, Large Business Prime Contractor, and Mentor-Protégé Agreement that support NASA in achieving its mission.

For additional information, contact the Small Business Specialist at the NASA Center that you support.

Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) will be given in four categories: (1) Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year, (2) Small Business Subcontractor of the Year, (3) Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year, and (4) Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year. Selection criteria in each of these categories are listed below. Disclaimer: All significant NASA Small Business Industry Awards nomination activity should occur during the review period.

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year

Criteria

  • Performs well on every NASA contract at nominating center during nominations cycle review period. (E.g. Is on schedule and within cost.) Include a description of the scope of the contract.
    1. Discuss nominees’ most recent NASA contract awards.
    2. Discuss the nominees’ most recent overall CPARS rating.
    3. If the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) has concurred on this nomination, please state so in nomination summary.
    4. Discuss nominees’ active participation in Center Small Business Council, if applicable.
  • Exhibits responsiveness to contractual requirements, works cooperatively with contracting officials and program personnel, limits subcontracting to large businesses.
  • Provides innovative solutions to problems / issues that arise in the contract.

Small Business Subcontractor of the Year

Criteria

  • Performs well as subcontractor on NASA contracts at nominating center during nomination cycle review period. Include scope for both the prime contract and subcontract.
    1. Discuss nominees’ participation in NASA related outreach events.
    2. Discuss nominees’ active participation in Center Small Business Council, if applicable.
  • Provides value-added and outstanding support on schedule and within cost to the prime contractor and innovative solutions to problems / issues that arise in the execution of the contract.
  • Works cooperatively with NASA and prime contractor personnel.

Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year

Criteria

  • Performs well on all NASA contracts at nominating center during review period. Include a description of the scope of the contract.
    1. Discuss the nominees’ most recent overall CPARS rating.
    2. Discuss nominees’ most recent NASA contract awards.
    3. Discuss nominees’ participation in NASA related outreach events.
    4. If the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) has concurred on this nomination, please state so in nomination summary.
    5. Overall program demonstrates sound small business practices; Sponsors / participates in outreach activities and uses small business contractors to perform technical (high-tech) requirements of the contract during contract execution.
  • Compliance with all subcontracting plans at nominating Center.
  • Discuss timeliness of required ISR and SRS submissions.

Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year

Factor A: Protégé Growth

  1. Employee growth evidenced.
  2. Protégé Prime Contract growth evidenced.
  3. Protégé subcontract growth evidenced.

Factor B: Protégé Development.

  1. Completion of technical/business infrastructure tasks.
  2. Achievement of technical certifications (i.e., ISO, CMMI, etc.).
  3. Business infrastructure enhancements validated.
  4. Utilization of technology training outside of the MP Agreement.

Factor C: Value of Technical and Business Development supporting NASA’s mission.

  1. Value-added (new technology) support evidenced.
  2. Value-added (business infrastructure) support evidenced. (Credit agreements only)
  3. Interoperability with other Federal or commercial programs.
  4. Knowledge transfer contributions to long-term sustainable support.
  5. In-house efficiencies realized from developmental assistance provided.

Factor D: Program Management.

  1. Demonstrated management commitment.
  2. Met milestone schedules.
  3. Performed within costs (i.e., no overruns). (Reimbursable agreements only)
  4. New business teaming/subcontract relationships evidenced.
  5. Submitted timely and accurate reports.

Factor E: Utilization of HBCU/MSI and SBDC.

  1. Commitment evidenced.
  2. Value-added services provided.
  3. Level of support is primary to completing milestones.