Defense Contractors SBIR/STTR Partnering Manual: A Primer on Technology Risk Management and Partnering Strategies
OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA
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As the world looks increasingly to technology innovation to meet the challenges of defense, security, disaster relief and increased health, many in industry have come to identify this nations SBIRSTTR programs as a unique resource to be mined and supported. While this may not have been true during the SBIRSTTR adolescence of the 1990s, we in government realized by 1998 that small businesslarge business partnerships required nurturing for SBIRSTTR technologies to transition successfully into defense Programs of Record -- that is, to be commercialized -- and that such partnerships needed a strong technology pull from command customers and the acquisition community. This decade has witnessed a notable exploration of the small business innovation well, by both government and industry, as we have together experimented with SBIRSTTR access strategies and tactics. Congress, having seen the first fruits of our work in a modest but valuable array of products on the battlefield, in the operating room, and in other life-centric venues, has encouraged more and better from the SBIRSTTR resource, and should reauthorize SBIRSTTR in 2008. To more effectively mine the SBIRSTTR programs, we have learned, requires superior technology risk management, a flexible approach to incentivization, a keen understanding of SBIRSTTR legal and contractual imperatives, and a relentless determination to leverage other fiscal resources to mature technology solutions to platform, system and subsystem problems. This manual is a preliminary assistance effort, in that regard, written with industry business models very much in mind.
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