Agency interviews [within SBIR program and at more senior levels]

Procuring agencies only: Agency contracts analysis (DoD, NASA, parts of DoE)


Small business support

Problems of measuring additionality, and impact*

Research methodology*

If available, comparative impact study for specific agency (funded vs. unfounded applicants to SBIR)

Basic demographics of agency support for small business

Small business research $ as share of agency R&D spending; SBIR share of all agency R&D spending on small businesses


Knowledge base

Largely indirect character of knowledge expansion in the commercial environment; other “knowledge base” issues; comparability issues*

Research methodology*

Patents and trademarks


Citation analysis

Equity sales [why is this here?]


Indirect path: indications, not measurement*


Program management

Topic development and selection

Sources for topic ideas

Agency-driven vs. investigator driven approach to topics

Topic decision-making

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