WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Three awards will be given, one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, one for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs and a third “Hall of Fame” award recognizing companies that have an extended period of extraordinary success of research, innovation and product commercialization.
The SBIR and STTR programs currently account for more than $2.5 billion per year in federal research and development funds and are coordinated by the SBA in cooperation with 11 other federal agencies with large external research and development budgets.
The awards are presented to companies and individuals that are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology. Typical of past award winners are a Maine company that created a self-propelled and eco-friendly “AquaPod” for sustainable aqua-culture. A previous Hall of Fame award winner that won numerous SBIR grants — a major West Coast chip manufacturer – started with a staff of 35 and has expanded to a global work force of 17,500.
Nominations for these awards opened Dec. 15 and will close at 5 p.m. eastern standard time on Jan. 31, 2012. Awards will be presented in Washington, DC, in April 2012. To submit a nomination, visit tibbetts.challenge.gov and sbirhof.challenge.gov.