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omb -- SBA Seeks Small Business Nominees for SBIR/STTR R&D Programs

Posted: 28 Dec 2011 11:15:47
SBA Accepting Nominations for Small Business Innovation Research
2012 SBIR Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards to be
presented in April

Release Date:  December 27, 2011
Contact:  Dennis Byrne  (202) 205-6567
Release Number: 11-68
Internet Address: http://www.sba.gov/news

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking
nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small
businesses play in federally funded research and development
through SBA’s 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 within the SBIR or STTR program.

The Tibbetts Awards are named after Roland Tibbetts, who was
instrumental in developing SBIR, a highly competitive program to
ensure small businesses get a chance to compete for federal
research and development funding, along with the opportunities it
provides to profit from commercialization of the technologies
they develop.

The SBIR and STTR programs currently account for more than $2.5
billion per year in federal R&D 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.

Selections for Tibbetts Awards are based on several factors,
including the economic impact of the technological innovation,
overall business achievement and demonstration of effective

Nominations for these awards opened December 15, 2011 and will
close 5 PM EST on January 31, 2012.  Awards will be presented in
Washington, DC, in April` 2012. To submit a nomination, please
visit tibbetts.challenge.gov  (Tibbetts Awards – companies and
individuals) and sbirhof.challenge.gov  (Hall of Fame Awards).

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