@nasa_technology: NASA Selects 215 Small Business Research And Technology Projects. Read more at: http://sbir.nasa.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program - 2009 Phase 2 - Proposals Selected for Negotiation of Contracts - TOPIC LIST
Here's a selectee with connections to the prize world:
Lightweight Robotic Excavation - Astrobotic Technology, Inc.
There are many more that are of interest. For example:
Regeneratively-Cooled, Turbopump-Fed, Small-Scale Cryogenic Rocket Engines - Ventions, LLC
In other Google Lunar X PRIZE news:
@glxp: There is something new on http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/teams. Wonder who will spot it first...?
If you check the glxp tweet history, you'll see that someone did spot it: Moon Express. From the Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams page:
Leader Name: Bob Richards
Craft Name: MoonEx-1
Note that Moon Express is one of the teams selected for Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD): NASA announces grants in lunar demo data purchase program - RLV News