optimize the nation’s return on the substantial annual investment in the SBIR program.

  • Additional Resources Could be Used Effectively. In summary, the program is proving effective in meeting congressional objectives. It is increasing innovation, encouraging participation by small companies in federal R&D, providing support for small firms owned by minorities and women, and resolving research questions for mission agencies in a cost-effective manner. Should the Congress wish to provide additional funds for the program in support of these objectives, those funds could be employed effectively by the nation’s SBIR program.

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