in the Department of Defense (DoD) - SBIR/STTR

FRAUD, WASTE & ABUSE

in the Department of Defense (DoD) - SBIR/STTR

FRAUD, WASTE & ABUSE

What is SBIR?

 

The Small Business Innovation Research program is a federal program to foster and encourage participation by small business concerns in research and development. It is designed to:

The three-phased process of SBIR encompasses 

1. Technology feasibility

2. Demonstration and evaluation of commercial potential

3. Transition to the marketplace

Participation Requirements

  • For-profit Small Business Concern (SBC) of 500 or fewer employees
  • SBC at least 51% owned by U.S. citizen(s)
  • “Principal Investigator” – individual designated by the SBC to provide scientific and technical direction to the project 
  • Primary employment (>50%) must be with the SBC
  • Precludes full time employment by another organization
  • Work must be performed in the US, including Puerto Rico and Territories 
  • SBC cannot receive funding for an SBIR project essentially equivalent to other work they have performed for the Federal Government
  • During Phase I, a minimum of 2/3 effort must be performed by SBC
  • During Phase II, a minimum of 1/2 of the effort must be performed by SB
  • Stimulate technological innovation
  • Increase small business participation in federal R&D
  • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D
  • Foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned businesses

in the Department of Defense (DoD) - SBIR/STTR

FRAUD, WASTE & ABUSE

What is STTR?

 

The Small Business Technology Transfer Program facilitates and funds cooperative R&D between small businesses and research institutions. It is designed to:

Create vehicles for moving ideas from research institutions to market

Enable researchers to pursue commercial application of technologies

Bridge funding gap between basic research and commercial product

STTR has a three-phased process similar to SBIR. 

Participation Requirements

For-profit SBC of 500 or fewer employees

Research institution (RI) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), college or university, or non-profit RI

SBC must perform a minimum of 40% of the work; RI a minimum of 30%

SBC (prime) must manage and control the STTR funding agreement

Principal Investigator may be employed by SBC or RI

Work must be performed in the US (Includes Puerto Rico and Territories)

SBC cannot receive funding for a STTR project essentially equivalent to other work they have performed for the Federal Government

in the Department of Defense (DoD) - SBIR/STTR

FRAUD, WASTE & ABUSE

Why is preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in the SBIR/STTR program important?

 

Annually, the DoD SBIR budget represents more than $1 billion in research funds. The funds that allow small businesses to conduct R&D strengthens the DoD and the private sector of the United States. Every dollar that is wasted or defrauded from the program has a direct impact on the future capabilities of the DoD and the United States. Ensuring that all SBIR/STTR program funds are spent responsibly and contribute towards meeting the program’s stated goals are the responsibility of the small business acquisition workforce, SBIR workforce, and senior personnel.
Understanding the indicators and types of fraud, waste, and abuse that can occur is critical for the SBIR workforce’s role in preventing the loss of research dollars.

 

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