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An Assessment of the SBIR Program at the National Science Foundation
success rates of woman- and minority-owned firms, as compared with other firms, in having their Phase I proposals granted.
Extend Outreach to Younger Women and Minority Students. The NSF should immediately encourage and solicit women and underrepresented minorities working at small firms to apply as principal investigators (PIs) and senior co-investigators (Co Is) for SBIR awards and track their success rates.