The Small Business Innovation Research Program: An Assessment of the Department of Defense Fast Track Initiative
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The Small Business Innovation Research Program:
An Assessment of the Department of Defense Fast Track Initiative
(2000)
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In 1992, Congress for the first time explicitly directed the federal agencies making SBIR grants to use commercial potential as a criterion for granting SBIR awards. In response, the Department of Defense developed the SBIR Fast Track initiative, which provides expedited decision-making for SBIR awards to companies that have commitments from outside vendors. To verify the effectiveness of this initiative, the DoD asked the STEP Board to assess the operation of Fast Track. This volume of original field research includes case studies comparing Fast Track and non-Fast Track firms, a large survey of SBIR awardees, and statistical analyses of the impact of regular SBIR and Fast Track awards. Collectively, the commissioned papers and the findings and recommendations represent a significant contribution to our understanding of the SBIR program.

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  • Industry and Labor — Policy, Reviews and Evaluations
  • Industry and Labor — Economics

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372 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-309-06929-8
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Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xii
I. Preface 1-12
II. Introduction 13-28
III. Recommendations and Findings 29-40
IV. Papers: Fast Track: Is It Speeding Commercialization of Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Projects? 41-103
An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research rogram in New England: Fast Track Compared with Non-Fast Track Projects 104-140
Patterns of Firm Participation in the Small Business Innovation Research Program in Southwestern and Mountain States 141-159
Does the Small Business Innovation Research Program Foster Entrepeneurial Behavior? Evidence from Indiana 160-193
An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Fast Track Program in the Southeastern States 194-210
Evaluation of the Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Fast Track Initiative: A Balanced Approach 211-250
Role of the Department of Defense in Building Biotech Expertise 251-274
Estimates of the Social Returns to Small Business Innovation Research Projects 275-290
Statistical Analysis of the National Academy of Sciences Survey of SBIR Awardees: Analyzing the Influence of the Fast Track Program 291-306
Evaluating the Small Business Innovation Research Program: A Literature Review 307-324
Annex A. Research Team Biographies 325-334
Annex B. Participants 335-338
Annex C. Case Study Template 339-342
Annex D. Description of Department of Defense SBIR Fast Track Program 343-344
Annex E. Bibliography 345-350
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National Research Council. The Small Business Innovation Research Program: An Assessment of the Department of Defense Fast Track Initiative. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2000.

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