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NASA Depends on Inhouse Vendor and Subcontracting Database

marketing success tips Jan 17, 2019

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In FY2018, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded $2.9 Billion Small Business contracts to firms across the country, including HUBZone-certified, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses. 

To make market research faster, to review capability statements and find eligible firms prepared to respond to their mission needs, NASA depends on their own Vendor and Subcontractor Database, in addition to external databases such as DSBS (Dynamic Small Business Search)


The vision of the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at NASA Headquarters is to promote and integrate all small businesses (including HUBZone firms) into the competitive base of contractors that pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.

*Read NASA brochure on HUBZone success stories here.

Top 5 Product and Service Contracts

  • Engineering and Technical Services

TOP STATES: Maryland, Alabama, Texas, Virginia, New Mexico

  • Aeronautics and Space Technology - Basic Research 

TOP STATES: California, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts

  • Other Professional Services  
TOP STATES: Alabama, Florida, New Mexico, California, Tennessee
  • Program Management/Support Services
TOP STATES: Maryland, Kansas, Texas, Virginia and California

*6.07% to HUBZone-certified companies

  • Space Vehicle Components

TOP STATES: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas


Why does NASA maintains its own in-house Vendor and Subcontractor Database?

ABOUT the NASA Vendor Database (NVDB)

  • Open to all vendors, both large and small, who wish to do business with NASA
  • Company representatives can post capability briefs
  • Businesses can register for

HOW TO REGISTER in Main NASA Vendor Database

  1. Visit “How To Do Business with NASA” and select “NASA Vendor Database.”
  2. Create a Vendor Login
  3. Search the SAM database for your company's information
  4. Verify the SAM information
  5. Subscribe to OSBP emails  

Start the registration process

QUICK FACTS ABOUT NASA'S Subcontracting Module

  • Open to all vendors, both large and small, who wish to do business with NASA
  • Both current and new registrants must opt in to join the module
  • Company representatives can post capability briefs
  • Shows subcontracting partners for prime contractors
  • Shows subcontracting opportunities for small businesses

HOW TO REGISTER in Subcontractor Vendor Database

The subcontracting module is now available as a separate record for registrants. After you register for your basic NVDB account

  1. Log into your account
  2. Open Manage My Vendor Record 
  3. Click on the second tab, “Subcontractor Details” tab
  4. Click YES in the drop-down menu to join
  5. Fill in the capabilities text box

HOW TO IMPROVE Your Chances to Find Business and Partners

  1. Review and update your SAM profile
  2. Confirm that all your business development representatives are registered
  3. Make sure each capability brief is up-to-date before uploading
  4. Highlight Federal or NASA work in your capability brief where relevant
  5. Upload all necessary attachments
  6. Emphasize your subcontracting abilities in your subcontracting capability statement


GET TO KNOW NASA's Small Business Program



WATCH Neil McDonnell Tour of NASA Small Business Website from the Small Business Office Showcase Series


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