NASA Langley Research Center Technology Commercialization Grant


The Hampton Economic Development Authority created the NASA Langley Research Center Technology Commercialization Grant to stimulate technology transfer, commercialization opportunities and new business creation tied to NASA Langley Research Center. 


Eligible applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have a Hampton address at the time of application. 
  • Be located in a Hampton address at the time of application. 
  • Be located in a Hampton Enterprise Zone or actively establishing a location in the Hampton Enterprise Zone. 
  • Have commenced either a licensing application or a Space Act agreement (SAA), been awarded a SBIR/STTR contract with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), or be a current or former civil servant employed with NASA LaRC seeking to commercialize aerospace technologies similar to those developed at LaRC
  • Be the majority owner of the business.

Eligible Grant Expenditures

Applicants must demonstrate the company is seeking to commercialize or enhance technology. This may be accomplished through an award of SAA or SBIR/STTR, patents, awarded contracts, collaborative testing, experimentation or formal connections with NASA Langley. Examples of eligible grant expenditures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Equipment
  • Prototyping and testing
  • Hiring Subject Matter Experts (SME’s)
  • Demonstrations
  • Raw materials and inventories
  • Working Capital
  • State/Federal Matching Grant Program Application Fees. (Applicants may be denied if the committee determines other programs can provide such services or similar grants.)

Grant Disbursements

Grants can be awarded in amounts from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000. To be considered, every applicant must complete the necessary grant application. The application will be first reviewed by staff, which may include an outside technical advisor. Grant amount requests up to $5,000 will be designated as “Mini Grants” and will be eligible for a streamlined process only requiring approval from the Loan & Grant Committee. Grants exceeding $5,000 will require approval by the full EDA Board.