SBIR Review Objectives
Assessment of the programConsideration of operational improvements to the program
quality of researchcommercialization of SBIR funded research/economic and non-economic benefitssmall business innovation/growth (incl.minority owned)use of small business research to advance agency missionsprogram designservice to participantsefficiency of SBIR program administrationprogram evaluation
Questions* How does the qualityof SBIR funded research compare that of other government funded R&D?* What is the over all economic impact of SBIR funded research? * What fraction of that impact is attributable to SBIR funding?* How to broaden participation and replenishing contractors? * Possibility of link SBIR with state/regional programs?* How to increase agency up take while continuing to support high-risk research?* Time and award limits? * Review process and criteria? * Intra- and inter-agency interface? * New funding model to build collaborative networks?* How can SBIR better serve technology entrepreneurs? * Lessons from angels? Corporate R&D?* How to leverage economies of scale in program administration while allowing each agency full management autonomy?* How to evaluate SBIR success: Appropriate measures? Impact of skew in returns?
Measurespeer review scores, publication counts, citation analysessales; follow-up funding (e.g. angel, VC, corporate); drug development progress; IPOspatent counts and other IP/employment or job growth, number of new technology firmsagency procurement of products resulting from SBIR work??speed of response to applicants; administrative cost per dollar awarded[all]
Key researchissues /challenges* Difficulty both of measuring quality and of identifying proper reference group* Skew of returns: estimates of returns invariably dominated by a few big "winners"` * Significant inter-agency and inter-industry differences* Measures of actual success failure (both project and firm level) * Relationship of Federal and state programs in this contextMajor inter-agencies differences in use of SBIR to meet agency missionsDocumenting/addressing the problem of "backwater" status of SBIR programs within agencies* Response time * Ease of application * Outreach activities* Shift from paper to electronic program management * Possibility of using some funds for program administration* Appropriate implementation of GPRA in this context?
Desired outcomes* SBIR isworking better* Projects are beingtracked* Measures exist of long-term impacts

From: F, Research Matrix

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An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program: Project Methodology.
National Research Council (US) Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.
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