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.