Help CEBN compile recommendations to policymakers!

The Clean Energy Business Network is working to identify potential improvements to federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs to make these valuable programs even more impactful and accessible to small businesses. This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and the goals are to:
 
1. Collect your feedback on any experiences navigating, applying to, or working with SBIR and other federal R&D programs.

2. Collect your feedback on several proposed reforms to improve these programs, in order to help inform and prioritize our recommendations to Congress and the Executive Branch. Visit this website to download slides and our draft letter for further background: https://www.cebn.org/event/sbir/

3. Identify relevant case studies to share with public, policymaker, and industry audiences.

Your contact information will only be used by CEBN staff/contractors for specific follow-up on your responses. We will aggregate responses anonymously for dissemination to policymakers.

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* 1. NAME

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* 2. EMAIL

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* 3. COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

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* 4. Has your company engaged with a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in any of following ways? (check all that apply)

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* 5. If you have NOT applied for a SBIR program, why not? 

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* 6. Has your company engaged with any other federal R&D programs? (check all that apply).

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* 7. Please rank the greatest challenges your business has experienced with federal SBIR programs (with 1 being your top challenge)

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* 8. How would the following changes to the SBIR program impact your business? (For further background, read our draft letter.)

  Strongly harmful Somewhat harmful No impact/not sure No impact but I support this Somewhat helpful Strongly helpful
Make the Administrative Funding Pilot Program permanent.
Allow Technical and Business Assistance funds to be spent in-house, rather than mandating one or more external vendors.
Extend direct-to-Phase-II authority to all agencies, and make it permanent.
Make the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program for Civilian Agencies and the Commercialization Assistance Pilot Program permanent.
Ensure that agencies create a system for reviewing and greenlighting short-form project descriptions before requiring a more time-intensive full application.
Create an independent program administered by the SBA—or competitively bid to an external contractor—to review successful short-form applications on the basis of need and provide vouchers for professional assistance.
Encourage agencies to allocate funding toward entrepreneurship programs within federal laboratories and universities.
Allow companies with venture capital (VC) majority ownership to qualify if they meet the small business intent of the SBIR/STTR program.
Encourage agencies to develop teams of dedicated program managers who possess relevant private-sector experience and the ability to work closely with awardees both before and after awards are made.
Encourage agencies to design solicitations based on broad technologies of interest rather than narrow pre-defined research topics.
Encourage the use of prizes and other flexible types of transactions to shorten award times. Having dedicated program managers would also help increase speed and flexibility.
Encourage agencies to educate and solicit successful SBIR/STTR awardees to seek and win contracts across the federal government based on agencies’ missions and needs.
Increase the portion of agency R&D budgets that must be allocated to SBIR programs (current requirement is 3.65%).
Reauthorize SBIR as a permanent program, rather than requiring that it be reauthorized every few years.

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* 9. How would you rate your experience with each of these agencies on SBIR or other R&D programs? (Select "N/A" for agencies you have not considered for funding.)

  Very poor Somewhat poor Somewhat positive Very positive N/A
Dept. of Agriculture (USDA)
Dept. of Defense (DoD)
Dept. of Education
Dept. of Energy (DOE)
Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Dept. of Homeland Security
Dept. of Transportation (DoT)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Science Foundation

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* 10. Do you have any good case studies of SBIR or other federally-supported projects that you wish to feature? (If so, please email these to cebn@cebn.org).

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