An Assessment of the SBIR Program at the National Science Foundation

An Assessment of the SBIR Program at the National Science Foundation

By: National Research Council (author), Policy and Global Affairs (author), Committee for Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation (author), Charles W. Wessner (editor)Hardback

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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is one of the largest examples of U.S. public-private partnerships. Founded in 1982, SBIR was designed to encourage small business to develop new processes and products and to provide quality research in support of the many missions of the U.S. government, including health, energy, the environment, and national defense. In response to a request from the U.S. Congress, the National Research Council assessed SBIR as administered by the five federal agencies that together make up 96 percent of program expenditures. This book, one of six in the series, reports on the SBIR program at the National Science Foundation. The study finds that the SBIR program is sound in concept and effective in practice, but that it can also be improved. Currently, the program is delivering results that meet most of the congressional objectives, including stimulating technological innovation, increasing private-sector commercialization of innovations, using small businesses to meet federal research and development needs, and fostering participation by minority and disadvantaged persons. The book suggests ways in which the program can improve operations, continue to increase private-sector commercialization, and improve participation by women and minorities.

About Author

Charles W. Wessner, Editor, Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Summary; 3 1 Introduction; 4 2 Findings and Recommendations; 5 3 Scope and Methodology; 6 4 Overview of the NSF SBIR Program; 7 5 Commercialization; 8 6 Support to Agency Mission and to Small Business; 9 7 Contributions to Knowledge; 10 8 Program Management; 11 Appendix A: NSF SBIR Program Data; 12 Appendix B: NRC Phase II Survey and NRC Firm Survey; 13 Appendix C: NRC Phase I Survey; 14 Appendix D: Selected Case Studies; 15 Appendix E: Structured Interview Guide Used in Coryell Study of Phase IIB Grants; 16 Appendix F: Required NSF Postgrant Annual Commercialization Report (Deemed Ineffective by the NSF); 17 Appendix G: Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309104876
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 366
  • ID: 9780309104876
  • ISBN10: 0309104874

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