“Year one” awards: NIH maintains data by fiscal year, and in a number of cases changes award number between years. As a result, it is often hard to track a complete award from first year to last. Our approach has therefore been to focus on “award years,” identifying for example the first year of each award for analysis. This focus provides a complete data set for all NIH awards, and also allows analysis of awards in subsequent years of support.
Following discussions with the NRC staff, the NIH made an effort to recalculate the data for woman and minority owners’ participation in the SBIR program. In September, 2007, the NIH provided corrected data, which is shown in Appendix A and in several figures in this report. However, apparent anomalies in the NIH data on the participation of women and minorities in 2001-2002 could not be resolved by the time of publication of this report.