TABLE App-E-2 Strengths of the NASA SBIR Program as Identified by Firms Interviewed for the Case Studies

  1. SBIR program is a cost-effective model for small business to obtain government funded projects—eliminates the intimidation factor for small business.

  2. Generally there are good topics to apply to over time.

  3. Requires the development of a new technology.

  4. The program is a great resource for companies to develop technologies, in particular technologies that would not be developed by larger companies.

  5. Allows for government to do some key research.

  6. Nice complement between NASA and DoD programs (broad and narrow scope, respectively).

  7. The range of ideas that get to see the light of day—ideas grow out of it.

  8. Policy on Intellectual Property is an important plus.

  9. Innovativeness is encouraged.

  10. Provides opportunities to work with government research labs and equipment which some small firms could not do without SBIR.

  11. Not a lot of strings attached like with VCs.

  12. Freedom to pursue technology they want within confines of solicitation.

  13. Data rights.

  14. SBIR allows high risk/high payoff ideas to get funding at the seed level which is difficult to do through private industry.

  15. SBIR promotes working with other companies and universities combining ideas with others to emphasize a team approach. This helps to ensure that the applicant has the right team to get a reliable, solid solution to a problem.

  16. SBIR is a merit-based competition. Size of company does not matter so it levels the playing field relative to large companies.



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