CERTIFICATION

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CERTIFICATIONS

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What are Certifications?

Certifications are mandatory agreements by the small business concern (SBC) submitting a proposal to SBIR/STTR to certify that they fit all of the requirements to be awarded an SBIR/STTR contract.

Certifications are necessary to ensure that the companies that benefit from the SBIR/STTR program are the types of small businesses that the SBIR/STTR program was created to benefit, as well as verify that they can complete the proposed work.

Why are certifications important?

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Required certifications when submitting proposal

The awardee is an SBC with less than 500 employees

SBC is at least 51% owned by U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens of the U.S.

For Phase I efforts, at least 2/3 of the work will take place in the SBC’s facilities with the SBC's employees


For SBIR, the Primary Investigator (PI) is primarily employed by the SBC

 

Physical address of SBC is located in the U.S. (Includes Puerto Rico and Territories)

 

 

The SBC has not been awarded any other Federal Government contracts or grants for essentially equivalent work

Disclosure of family or academic relationships with company owners or employees, subcontractors, etc. 

 

The awarded R&D is being/has been performed in the U.S.

 

The SBC understands information submitted may be provided to federal, state, and/or local agencies to be used for determining violations of law and other purposes

 

Differences in STTR Certification

There are a few key differences in the certifications required by the STTR program.

- The SBC will perform at least 40% of the research

- The SBC will provide satisfactory evidence that it will exercise management direction and control of the performance of the STTR funding agreement

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Other Certifications

If the SBC has received Venture Capital (VC) funding, there are additional certifications that must be submitted. Those certifications include:

- The SBC is not more than 50% owned by a single Venture Capital Operating Company (VCOC), hedge fund, or private equity firm

- The SBC is more than 50% owned by multiple domestic business concern that are VCOCs, hedge funds, or private equity firms

False Certifications

Falsely certifying to any material fact or representation contained in a certification is fraud, which carries with it serious legal penalties.

What are the consequences of committing Fraud?

Criminal Prosecution

Civil Liability

Administrative Remedies

Lying to obtain a SBIR/STTR contract, or lying about the work performed violates several criminal laws and will result in prosecution for the following crimes: 

False Statements, 18 U.S.C. § 1001 (5 years in prison, forfeiture, and $250K fine)

Theft of Federal Property, 18 U.S.C. § 641 (10 years in prison, forfeiture, and $250K fine) Criminal forfeiture means that personal assets can be seized to satisfy the full amount of the grant or contract, as well as any fines​ 

Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1343 (20 years in prison, forfeiture, and $250K fine)

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In addition to criminal prosecution, individuals that commit fraud against the SBIR/STTR program are civilly liable based on the Civil False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§3729-3733:

Liability includes treble damages (3x actual damages) and a fine of up to $11,000 for each false claim

False claims liability includes payments received when the Government relied upon false information in the SBIR/STTR proposal, in a certification of current cost or pricing data, in a request for payment or in progress reports

Although the statute requires knowledge that the claim was false, the term “knowledge” includes “deliberate ignorance” or “reckless disregard for the truth

Whistleblowers can receive up to 30% of award for reporting fraud via qui tam provision of False Claims Act

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What are the consequences of committing Fraud?

Criminal Prosecution

Civil Liability

Administrative Remedies

On top of criminal and civil liability, administrative remedies will be imposed on the small business and the individuals involved in committing fraud:

The Government can terminate contracts tainted by fraud 

The Government can debar SBC, owner, and/or employees 

The debarred small business or individual can be prohibited from receiving any federal contracts or working as a subcontractor on federal contracts (debarment is typically for three years, but can be for longer) 

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What are the consequences of committing Fraud?

Criminal Prosecution

Civil Liability

Administrative Remedies

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

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1. The consequence of lying on a certification is _________________.




2. For Phase I efforts, a small business must certify that at least 2/3 of the work will take place at the SBC's facility with the SBC's employees.

Complete the questions to continue.



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3. The SBC must certify they have not been awarded other federal contracts for essentially equivalent work.

4. Knowledge that a claim was false does not include “deliberate ignorance” or “reckless disregard for the truth.”

5. The Government cannot terminate contracts tainted by fraud.

Complete the questions to continue.



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6. Submitted certifications may be provided to federal, state, and/or local agencies to be used for determining violations of law.

7. For an SBIR contract, the ____________________ must be primarily employed by the SBC.




Complete the questions to continue.



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