Appendix A: A Two-Phase NRC Study of the SBIR Program


[Time estimates]


Launch NRC Study

[Months 1-4]

Conclude contracts

Secure Academy GBEC Approval

Select Steering Committee

Identify members and agree on initial contracts for Research Team Secure approval of Steering Committee

Convene Initial Symposium & Working Groups

[Months 5-8]

Host Initial Symposium to launch project and help identify issues, commonalities, and unique features of agency programs.

Convene a series of meetings between the research group, agency representatives, and program officers, and other interested parties to review the study’s overall methodology, to address unique agency objectives, practices and metrics, and to address the specific issues identified in the legislation.

Develop Strategy and Research Tools

[Months 9-12]

Develop survey evaluation framework including sampling strategy, appropriate survey instruments including target populations (e.g. small business awardees, agency employees, etc.), case study templates, and an analysis plan.


[Months 13-16]

Consult with small business representatives.

Review instruments with agency representatives and research team.

Finalize methodologies with research team and Steering Committee.

Submit overall methodology and survey evaluation framework for the external peer review.

Complete peer review of overall methodology and evaluation framework.

Phase II


Field Research & Empirical Analysis

[Months 17-27]

Organize tasking of research team

Commission Research

Facilitate and follow-up on field interviews and surveys

Commission independent empirical analyses to review results Produce, Review, Publish &

Publicize Field Research [Months 28-36]

Evaluate and cross-check survey results and commissioned work

Discuss results with agencies for comment

Convene symposium (s) based on study outcomes.

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