SBIR Continues… kind of
Tags: DoD, DoE, Entrepreneur, federal funding, grants, NIH, NSF, SBIR
The good news? – SBIR is still alive. The not-so-good news? – it is living on more borrowed time through another continuing resolution. What happened and what can you do? See below. (Reprinted from the Center for Innovative Technology’s Federal Funding News, August 2010)
The House just passed H. R. 5849, “To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, and for other purposes.” What this means is that all SBIR and STTR programs (except the DoD) will be extended “AS IS” for an additional 60 days. The DoD SBIR, STTR and CPP were previously extended through September 30, 2010 under separate legislation. With the passing of this bill, all 11 SBIR agency programs are authorized through September 30, 2010. If all goes according to plan, congress will recess August 6 for what is known as their “district work period” and will return September 13. The number of legislative days they will have from enactment of this bill to September 30 is estimated to be about 18. During the district work period you may have the opportunity to speak with your representative or senator, perhaps in person, or in a town hall. Don’t be afraid to call their local, regional or state office to invite them to visit your business. Let them know how important the SBIR program is to you, your business, and potential new jobs. Programs such as SBIR that help keep or add employment for good wage paying jobs, are usually popular.
It seems to me that there is an increasing amount of activity around funding for technology-based economic development. New initiatives from the Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation such as the i6 may be harbingers of more to come. It is therefore more critical now than ever for our community to get engaged, and ensuring the future of SBIR is a great way to start. (For more background and ongoing comprehensive coverage of SBIR reauthorization visit the SBIR Gateway).
Lisa M. Kurek, Managing Partner, BBC