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SBIR Insider Speaks to Program Reauthorization

June 1st, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

The latest issue of the SBIR Insider addresses some important developments regarding Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program reauthorization.

The SBIR/STTR program will need to be reauthorized by next year after being maintained over the past six years though the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. In the newsletter, author Rick Shindell notes that for the last two decades, the SBIR reauthorization process has involved the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship working with the Senate Armed Services Committee to insert SBIR reauthorization language into the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act. On the House side, the House Small Business Committee would do the same with the House Armed Services Committee. Since this is an election year, there is a push from many SBIR/STTR program supporters to find a way to reauthorize the program before the 115th Congress.

Shindell notes that with each new Congress a great deal of SBIR education is required. It’s possible that the program could be safeguarded this year by having the bipartisan (Shaheen/Vitter) SBIR Reauthorization bill (S.2812) inserted into the Senate’s version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. SBIR Insider provides details on how individuals and groups can express their thoughts and needs to their representatives.

On a related note, the Small Business Administration has a new proposed SBIR/STTR Policy Directive that is available for public viewing and comments. The Policy Directive provides guidelines for how agencies and small businesses can participate in the SBIR/STTR programs. Comments will be accepted through July 6.