The Policy Directives became effective August, 2012.  Some changes were effective immediately; some are in process and/or will be implemented as soon as is practicable for each agency.

Notable changes:

  • Crossover awards – e.g. from SBIR to STTR (or reverse) in Phase II; Phase II award can be from different participating sponsor than for Phase I.
  • STTR awards increased to match SBIR
  • Awards may exceed guideline amounts up to 50% with special waiver.
  • Technical assistance increased from $4,000 to $5,000.
  • All Phase I awardees are now eligible to apply for “follow-on” Phase II awards
  • Phase II awardees may receive a second Phase II award to continue work
  • Newly developed benchmarks are required effective 10/1/2013 for applicants who won previous awards.  Proposed benchmarks will be published in the Federal Register for comment by 7/1/2013.
  • “Tech-Net” data system will be developed to facilitate administrative reporting and program evaluation.
  • SBA has published a proposed rule to permit majority-owned multiple venture capital operating companies to receive awards. (Final rule to be issued early 2013).

Read more about the key changes in SBIR/STTR Policy Directives

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