2012: A Happy New Year for SBIR
In case you haven’t yet heard the news, Congress finally reauthorized the SBIR/STTR programs! This six-year reauthorization includes many changes to the current program. The SBA has statutory authority to create and promulgate SBIR and STTR policy directives based on these legislative changes. The federal agencies subject to the SBIR/STTR legislation are obligated to follow these directives. The process of developing and implementing the directives will take time. To quote Rick Shindell of the SBIR Insider Newsletter, “this will not be business as usual.”A few key points from the January 4 issue of Rick’s newsletter follow:
- By law, the SBA is to issue updated SBIR and STTR policy directives (PD) no later than June 29, 2012 for most of the programs, and by April 30, 2012 for guidance on the eligibility/ownership issues.
- Before the SBA can implement the PD, they must publish a proposed PD in the Federal Register and open for public comment (usually 30 days).
- Take a look on the SBIR Gateway at www.zyn.com/sbir/sbres/sba-pd/ and you’ll get a better idea of the SBA’s SBIR PD and its process. It also includes some PD discussion topics relevant to that PD.
We encourage you to subscribe to The SBIR Insider Newsletter to stay informed about the process. As changes are implemented, BBC will be updating our training curriculum. We will be offering extensive training opportunities around the country in 2012 – from general SBIR/STTR overviews to detailed agency specific proposal workshops – that will include all of the changes as they become effective.
The new SBIR/STTR presents exciting opportunities including expanded eligibility and increased funding. We project this will also mean increased competition. The entire BBC team looks forward to working with you to help you meet the competition head on. What are we most excited about in 2012? We no longer will have to reach out to you to help with reauthorization and now we can reach out to you to help you secure SBIR/STTR funding.
Happy New Year!