Contributions of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs to Training and Education: FY1999-FY2004
Final rept. Apr-Dec 2005
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This task reviewed contributions made by the Department of Defense DoD Small Business Innovation Research SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer STTR programs to science and technology ST in support of training and education. Included were 80 SBIR and STTR topics initiated during the Fiscal Year FY 1999 2004 time period topics that awarded more than 83 million to 282 Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects The review found that these topics could be categorized into four research and development RD areas Intelligent Tutoring Systems 11 topics and 15 million, Authoring Tools 21 topics and 22 million, Simulation-Based Training 26 topics and 23 million, and Training System Design and Development 22 topics and 23 million. Goals being addressed across all four areas included focusing on military relevance increasing the accessibility of training and education incorporating intelligent computer capabilities increasing the agility, rapidity, and ease of materials development providing reuse and interoperability linking training and education strategies to instructional objectives developing games and simulation for training and education, and tailoring training and education to learner capabilities and needs. Gaps that remain to be filled in meeting ST goals were identified for all four areas. Final discussion identified issues in managing DoD SBIRSTTR programs. These issues included infrastructure engineering, submission of reports, oversight for commercialization, ensuring innovation, evaluating results, and selecting SBIRSTTR topics for training and education.
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