NSBA, SBTC Seeking Input on SBIR Program

December 10, 2014

pic-tech-computerRecently, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a request for comments from companies participating in the Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) program, and we need your help today. NSBA and its high-tech arm, the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC) is seeking input from SBIR-participating firms in order to provide comprehensive comments to SBA, and has developed a quick SBIR Commercialization Survey where you can share with us your experiences.

Although the SBIR program provides for a Phase III for follow-on/commercialization funding of SBIR technology and the law requires agencies to give Phase III preference “to the greatest extent practicable”, we are still hearing from companies that cannot access Phase III funds, or face serious hurdles along the way.

As an advocate for SBIR companies and other high-tech small business firms, SBTC is encouraging as many small businesses as possible to submit a comment addressing these issues, as well as to help us draft our own comments by completing the survey.

Additionally, we also have a few questions for winners of the DOD’s Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program, which has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars to help small businesses commercialize their Phase II technology, but it has not yet been funded this fiscal year, and may expire next year.

In addition, SBTC will be hosting a conference call on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EST for any SBIR company who would like to discuss their experiences or concerns related to the Phase III/commercialization process, or would like to ask us any questions about our advocacy work.  To participate, please register here:  SBTC Phase III Conference Call to receive call-in details.

To read the request for comment from SBA and submit your own comment, click on this link to the official regulations.gov site: SBA Policy Directive Request for Comment.  Please submit your comment no later than January 6, 2015, and please also copy SBTC with your comment at alec@sbtc.org.  For more information about the Small Business Technology Council visit www.SBTC.org.