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An Assessment of the SBIR Program
TABLE 3-7 Percent of Winning Companies that Had Not Previously Received an SBIR Grant from NSF, 1996-2003
Percent New Winners
SOURCE: National Science Foundation.
DoD’s SBIR Program Office reports that 37 percent of awards on average go to firms that have not previously won a DoD SBIR award.6
To conclude, the data on new winners strongly makes clear that the various SBIR programs are open to new ideas from new firms, even though in some cases individual firms have been able to win a significant number of awards, remaining active participants in a growing program of innovative research. A detailed assessment of this issue is provided in Chapter 5.
See National Research Council, An Assessment of the SBIR Program at the Department of Defense, Charles W. Wessner, ed., Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2009; Chapter 2: Awards.