The objectives in OII’s Strategic Plan point to the program’s efforts to improve the program on a continuing basis. Moreover, the history of the program is replete with changes to make the program better.
This report is one element of the study that Congress requested of the SBIR program as a part of the 2000 program reauthorization.83 It focuses on the smallest, and the oldest, of the “big-five” federal SBIR programs addressed by the NRC study, namely, the NSF’s SBIR program. Drawing on results of survey, case study, data and document analyses, and interviews of program staff and officials, the report has examined how the NSF’s SBIR program is meeting its four mandated purposes. In the aggregate, the report provides an account of a program that is well managed and is delivering results. At the same time, it identifies challenges and recommends operational improvements to strengthen the SBIR program at the National Science Foundation.