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NASA Selects American Small Business and Research Institution Projects for Further Development

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America's technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.

What Kinds of Publicly Funded R&D Projects Fail?

SBIR projects are less likely to fail if research teams are smaller, have more experience and include women investigators, according to a new working paper by Albert N. Link and Mike Wright. The authors also found that larger SBIR awards lower the chances that a project will be discontinued before completion. While the study focuses on projects supported through federal SBIR programs, the findings could have implications for other kinds of public R&D support.

Why the SBIR Program Is Worth Funding

The SBIR program overcomes the failure of private markets to fund innovation when the benefit to society exceeds the benefits to the private firms undertaking it.   By overcoming this market failure, the SBIR program makes all of us better off, facilitating the allocation of resources to the development of new materials, medical technologies, software, and the like.

A Government Program Every American Startup Should Know About

Each year SBIR and its sister program for non-profits, the STTR program, invest in American entrepreneurs to stimulate technological innovation and address national needs in areas such as health, education, and national defense. Providing over $2 billion in competitive awards each year, SBIR/STTR are the largest source of early-stage capital for innovative small companies in the United States.

The Government Might Fund Your Idea Before Anybody Else Will

Sitting at the SBIR conference, I listened to agency after agency share their funding allocation for research and development. I couldn’t believe that these agencies were willing to pay for the infancy stage of innovation and kept pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Here are the five key things to understanding the SBIR funding program.

6 Funding Options for Young Businesses

Small Business Innovation Research is a government sponsored program, in which a certain percentage of the research budgets of the 11 federal agencies are reserved for contracts or grants to small businesses. Approximately $2.5 billion is awarded through this program each year.

SBIR/STTR Funds Bridge the "Valley of Death" for Small Tech Companies

Entrepreneurs are only too familiar with this loveless land of shrugs and empty pockets. If you've reached the "Valley," you're somewhere between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. Right now, you need capital to get from here to there, and that's the rub.

NIH and NSF collaborate to accelerate biomedical research innovations into the marketplace

A collaboration between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential, with the aim of accelerating biomedical innovations into applied health technologies.

Scientist Pursues Passion More Than Pay

When you first walk into Thoughtventions Unlimited, it looks like the junky garage of a man with heavy-duty tinkering interests. There's a 25-year-old scanning electron microscope covered in dust. "Haven't used it in 10 years," says Steve Bates, who has a Ph.D. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from MIT.

It's National Small Business Week: Why You (Yes, You!) Should Care

Despite the rise of mega-retailers and giant conglomerates small businesses are an important source of job creation and healthy economic growth.

Launching a tech startup? Try national security

Although defense contracts traditionally conjure up images of large government contractors, the government has been working toward including more small businesses and startups in the mix.

NASA Invests in Hundreds of U.S. Small Businesses to Enable Future Missions

Recognizing the critical role of American small businesses and research institutions play as innovation engines for new space technologies that will enable future space exploration, NASA has selected 383 research and technology proposals for negotiations that may lead to contracts worth a combined $47.6 million.

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New Dimension to SBIR-STTR

The Association of American Universities is applauding bipartisan legislation that would let agencies dedicate some of their Small Business Innovative Research and Technology Transfer funds to creating proof-of-concept programs.

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