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Reauthorization Changes are Underway  

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Are you confused yet about SBIR/STTR Reauthorization?? If not then you haven't been paying attention! 

Although the SBIR/STTR legislation was passed at the end of guy w megaphone smaller

2011, the process of implementing the changes is anything but simple. The SBA has been working diligently with the agencies to move things forward. The changes have been split into two parts - Size Rules, which govern eligibility; and the Policy Directive, which guides how the agencies administer the programs.


The proposed Size Rules were published earlier this year for public comment. The public comment period closed on July 16. The SBA hopes to publish the Final Rule by January 1, 2013. If you didn't already submit comments on this aspect of the changes you are too late. But wait ...there's more!


The Small Business Administration published the new SBIR and  

 STTR Policy Directives in the Federal Register on Aug. 6 and encourages public comments on or before Oct. 4, 2012.  


Many of the changes have a significant impact on the qualifications and parameters of the program. We encourage you to get up to speed on them and make your opinions and concerns known through the Federal eRulemaking Portal using RIN: 3245-AF84 for SBIR comments and RIN: 3245-AF45 for STTR comments.

Comments will be accepted through October 4, 2012. The SBA expects to revise the Policy Directives after that, based on the feedback received-this is likely your last opportunity to influence the outcome.

The SBA website contains a full list of the Key Changes and Implementation Schedule and a FAQ page. We've listed below some of the changes resulting from the Policy Directive that our clients and partners may find particularly comment-worthy. A more detailed description of these, plus changes to the size rules, can be found at the links above.


Set-aside percentages are increased. Incremental increases annually to 3.2% in 2017 for SBIR and .45% for STTR in 2016. Note that agencies may exceed these minimum percentages.  


Award sizes. 
STTR award sizes (guideline amounts) are increased to match SBIR amounts: $150,000 for Phase I and $1 million for Phase II. Awards may not exceed guideline amounts by more than 50% ($225,000 for Phase I and $1.5 million for Phase II). Agencies must report all awards exceeding the guideline amounts and must receive a special waiver from SBA to exceed the guideline amounts by more than 50%. 

Technical assistance (e.g., for commercialization related help).
Amounts increased to $5,000 per award per year for both SBIR and STTR. This amount is in addition to the award amount and awardees may contract with a provider of their choice (e.g., BBCetc) for assistance. Check with individual agencies for details on how they will implement this. 

Cross-program awards.
Agencies have the option to allow a STTR Phase I awardee to receive a SBIR Phase II award vice-versa. Implementation is at agency discretion. 

Direct to Phase II pilot.
For fiscal years 2012-2017, the NIH, DoD, and Department of Education may issue Phase II SBIR awards to firms to pursue Phase I solicitation topics without requiring the applicant to have received a Phase I award for related work. Implementation is at agency discretion. 

Open Phase II competition.
Beginning 10/1/2012, agencies must allow all Phase I awardees to apply for a follow-on Phase II award. Issuing Phase II awards via invitation only will not be permitted.

Second Phase II. 
Agencies may award a second, sequential, Phase II to continue a Phase II project. 

Still confused??? Probably so. Even if you do pay attention, it can be overwhelming.  Have opinions about any of these changes to the Policy Directive?  We certainly do at BBCetc. But it is YOUR opinions - the entrepreneurs and small businesses - that are the most important.  How will these changes affect your use of SBIR/STTR funding??? 

Can't Make the Nat'l. SBIR/STTR Conference? Join Us for the Recap.  2012 conf logo
With "Crack the Code" as its theme, this year's National SBIR/STTR Conference (in Portland, OR, Nov. 13-15) is designed to promote discovery of the key issues to successful grant applications.  BBC's Lisa Kurek and Becky Aistrup will be there attending keynotes and break-outs, making connections and getting answers. They will report back, answer your questions, and offer their insights on information coming out of the conference during a FREE webinar on Nov. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m (ET).  Have a question you'd like them research for you at the conference?  Let them know, and they'll do their best to get an answer.
NIH News  

. . . The National Institutes of Health announced a new SBIR funding program to encourage IT technology that benefits consumers, patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. With up to $1.5 million available, the award invites applications from small businesses with evidence-based technologies that have the potential to prevent or reduce cancer risk, facilitate patient/provider communication, and improve disease outcomes.  Companies can compete for this funding if they have received a prior Phase I award, or through the NIH's Fast-Track (combined Phase I/Phase II projects). The goal is to transition technologies to commercialization with real products in the marketplace. Research applications are being accepted and must be submitted to grants.gov by the standard dates of Aug. 5, Dec. 5 and April 5, 2013 to be eligible for the funding. 


. . . NIH has launched of the 9th year of the Niche Assessment Program. The program provides its SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees with a comprehensive market analysis report that can help jump start your commercialization efforts. Applications accepted now on a first-come, first-served basis until all 125 slots are filled. 


. . . NIH has set up a new website to keep the small business research community abreast of its implementation plan for the many changes resulting from the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011. The site will be updated as the implementation process moves forward so periodically check back. 

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