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An Assessment of the SBIR Program
FIGURE 3-13 Woman- and minority-owned firms: Shares of Phase I awards, 1992-2005 (with trendlines).
SOURCE: U.S. Small Business Administration.
It is worth noting that while the share of awards going to woman-owned firms has increased, from 7.7 percent in 1999 to 11.7 percent in 2005, the percentage of female doctorates and scientists and engineers in the workplace has grown considerably faster, according to NSF data.
Finally, while the different patterns emerging from this analysis are interesting, detailed assessment requires that accurate data be collected on applications and on success rates (the number of applications per award for woman- and minority owned firms, and for all other firms). This will help to indicate whether
FIGURE 3-14 Share of woman- and minority-owned firms in Phase I awards (percent of total).