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SBIR and the Phase III Challenge of Commercialization: Report of a Symposium.


National Research Council (US) Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation; Wessner CW, editor.


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2007.
The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health.


As the SBIR program approached its twentieth year of operation, the U.S. Congress asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a "comprehensive study of how the SBIR program has stimulated technological innovation and used small businesses to meet federal research and development needs" and make recommendations on improvements to the program. HR 5667 directs the NRC to evaluate the quality of SBIR research and evaluate the SBIR program’s value to the mission of the agencies that administer it. It calls for an assessment of the extent to which SBIR projects achieve some measure of commercialization, as well as an evaluation of the program’s overall economic and non-economic benefits. It also calls for additional analysis as required to support specific recommendations on areas such as measuring outcomes to enhance agency strategy and performance, increasing Federal procurement of technologies produced by small business, and overall improvements to the SBIR program.

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