NSBA Call to Action: Support SBIR Program

July 11, 2012

The highly-successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is under attack yet again with proposed regulations that could open massive new loopholes to large and foreign corporations.

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) and its high-tech arm, the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), spent several years working on a fair and equitable reauthorization for the SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Our efforts culminated in the passage of NSBA- and SBTC-supported language last December that was included in the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed rule changes to the SBIR and STTR programs that greatly overreach the Congressional intent behind our hard-won compromise.

Among the most egregious problems with SBA’s proposed rule: the elimination of the restriction against foreign ownership of SBIR firms, and an easing of the affiliation rules for large firms. Both provisions will create huge loopholes through which foreign and large corporations can divert funds away from the intended target of the program: small business.

SBTC has drafted letters to Congress and the President and is urging all small-business owners to support our efforts by signing on to these letters. Please take a few moments today to review the letters and email us with your name, company name, and company location if you would like to be a cosigner.

You can also submit your comments directly to SBA here.

It’s up to us yet again to protect these highly successful small-business programs. We need to hear from you by Friday, July 13.