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Federal Research: Effectiveness of Small Business Innovation Research Program Procedures

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Technical Report

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United States Government Accountability Office Washington United States

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Approximately 1.1 billion will be awarded to small businesses by Small Business Innovation Research SBIR programs through fiscal year 1987. The Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 established these programs to encourage innovation by requiring federal agencies to award portions of their research funds to small businesses through special research programs. The act directs GAO to report to the Congress on agencies implementation efforts. This report, which fulfills GAOS legislative mandate, provides information on agencies evaluation and selection procedures for fiscal years 1983-86. The report addresses three objectives of the act by answering the following questions Do agencies SBIR award procedures provide for selection based on merit How much time are agencies taking in awarding SBIR contracts and grants Are agencies using procedures to make participation in the program simpler for small businesses than in other research programs

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Administration and Management

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