“The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.” (https://www.sbir.gov/about/about-sbir) Great program, right? We think so, and so does Congress, more importantly.
The Good News
The SBIR/STTR Program will continue through, at the very least, the end of the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 (September 30, 2022). The credit for the reauthorization of this program goes to Jere Glover and the Small Business Technology Council (sbtc.org). This is a huge win for the program – a huge win for small businesses to continue to utilize government funding to break the mold on cutting-edge technology and developments.
The Caveats, Not So Bad
There are no increases to the STTR funding budget; it will remain at 0.45% of each participating agency’s extramural R&D budget. SBIR funding will follow the prior reauthorization increasing to 3.2%, up from 3.0% in 2016 – though no future increase is specified or guaranteed with the new reauthorization. And, some programs were only piloted, and there is no clear answer if they’ll be reauthorized for the next 5 years. If not reinstated, the programs that will end in September 2017 include the Direct to Phase II Program, and the 3% tax that was levied on each agency’s SBIR budget to support administrative initiatives.
With certainty that the SBIR/STTR program will be alive for the next 5 years, there is no better time to start submitting applications. Jameson is here to help with the cost portion of those applications, so please contact us – we’re happy to help!