Key researchissues /challenges

* Difficulty both of measuring quality and of identifying proper reference group

* Skew of returns: estimates of returns invariably dominated by a few big "winners"` * Significant inter-agency and inter-industry differences

* Measures of actual success failure (both project and firm level) * Relationship of Federal and state programs in this context

Major inter-agencies differences in use of SBIR to meet agency missions

Documenting/addressing the problem of "backwater" status of SBIR programs within agencies

* Response time * Ease of application * Outreach activities

* Shift from paper to electronic program management * Possibility of using some funds for program administration

* Appropriate implementation of GPRA in this context?

Desired outcomes

* SBIR isworking better* Projects are beingtracked* Measures exist of long-term impacts

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