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SBIR Award levels raised

Posted by Mike Anderson on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 @ 02:27 PM

Yesterday the Small Business Administration raised the threshold levels for SBIR awards.  The level for Phase 1 awards has increased to $150,000 where the threshold for Phase 2 awards has increased to $1,000,000.   The levels for STTR's were not altered at this time but could also end up being revised.  This is good news on a couple of fronts.  First, the increased level of award will help cover escalating costs due to inflationary pressures and possibly also help fuel more complete development.  More importantly, this is a message to congress that the SBA is highly involved in determining the guidelines of the program.  It will help resolve one of the major differences between the House version of the SBIR re-authorization bill and the Senate version.  Now we go back to congress where the SBIR re-authorization bills are faced with the April 30 deadline.  I'm hopeful that the action by the SBA would help the two sides of congress come to agreement to complete this bill and present it to the President.  Will it happen in the next 30 days?  Hopefully yes but realistically probably not.  Meanwhile small business should continue to pursue the SBIR/STTR programs with earnest.  I think the program is too valuable from a jobs standpoint alone to have it disappear.
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Topics: SBIR, STTR, HR 2965


SBIR Re-authorization, Part V

Posted by Mike Anderson on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 @ 02:42 PM

The latest on the SBIR re-authorization is not necessarily good news.  House Representative Jason Altmire (D-PA) is trying to bypass negotiation with the Senate version of the re-authorization bill by incorporating the House version into the Jobs bill.  Remember that the house version wanted to increase the amount of each award (thereby reducing the number of awards) and it also allowed the involvement of the Venture Capital industry.  There is also some concern that the reauthorization term would be limited too.   It just doesn’t feel right.  Is congress too busy to do justice to the SBIR re-authorization?  They have postponed it and extended deadlines so many times over the last 1 ½ years that it takes on the look of the “ugly stepchild”.  I think we all should write our representatives in congress and demand action.  Here is a site that allows you to do that very easily – without research.    http://www.capwiz.com/nsbaonline/issues/alert/?alertid=14725141&type=CO

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Topics: SBIR, STTR, HR 2965


SBIR/STTR Re-authorization Passes House and Senate

Posted by Mike Anderson on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 @ 12:11 PM

H.R. 2965 re-authorizing the SBIR/STTR programs  passed the house last week (July 9, 2009) and Senate approved reauthorization on July 13, 2009, extending the SBIR/STTR programs for another 8 years.   Now the final bill must be written and presented to President Obama for signature into law before the July 31, 2009 expiration.  While we are happy that it passed unanimously we are also concerned about a couple of caveats included in the legislation.  The award amounts for the grants have been increased to as much as $250,000 for Phase 1 to $2,000,000 for Phase 2.  These adjustments are seen as compensating for inflation over the period since the programs were last authorized.  While this is good, it will almost certainly reduce the number of awards.   This will mean that the success rate of winning grants in this program will go down.  It becomes imperative that small businesses depending upon these funds will be required to refine their proposal efforts.  No longer can you depend upon “luck” to win a grant.  Experts, such as Tech BizSolutions, will become more valuable as partners to these small businesses.   

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Topics: SBIR, STTR, HR 2965