ANNEX F:
Research Matrix

SBIR Review Objectives

 

Assessment of the program

Consideration of operational improvements to the program

 

quality of research

commercialization of SBIR funded research/economic and non-economic benefits

small business innovation/growth (incl.minority owned)

use of small business research to advance agency missions

program design

service to participants

efficiency of SBIR program administration

program evaluation

Questions

* How does the qualityof SBIR funded research compare that of other government funded R&D?

* What is the over all economic impact of SBIR funded research? * What fraction of that impact is attributable to SBIR funding?

* How to broaden participation and replenishing contractors? * Possibility of link SBIR with state/regional programs?

* How to increase agency up take while continuing to support high-risk research?

* Time and award limits? * Review process and criteria? * Intra- and inter-agency interface? * New funding model to build collaborative networks?

* How can SBIR better serve technology entrepreneurs? * Lessons from angels? Corporate R&D?

* How to leverage economies of scale in program administration while allowing each agency full management autonomy?

* How to evaluate SBIR success: Appropriate measures? Impact of skew in returns?

Measures

peer review scores, publication counts, citation analyses

sales; follow-up funding (e.g. angel, VC, corporate); drug development progress; IPOs

patent counts and other IP/employment or job growth, number of new technology firms

agency procurement of products resulting from SBIR work

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speed of response to applicants; administrative cost per dollar awarded

[all]



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Assessment of the program Consideration of operational improvements to the program commercializatio use of small n of SBIR funded small business business efficiency of research / quality of innovation / service to program research to SBIR program program design research economic and growth (incl. participants evaluation administration advance agency non-economic minority owned) missions benefits X X X X Phase I survey X X X X X Phase II survey survey of "program X X X X X managers" X X X X X X case studies agency program X X X X X X studies proposed study of X X X X X X X repeat winners proposed bibliometric analysis comparing X SBIR firms with X X (similar) non-SBIR firms 60