Debunking SBIR Myths: How to Protect the Value of SBIR Program Authorities

Debunking SBIR Myths: How to Protect the Value of SBIR Program Authorities

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on August 20, 2020)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Jeff Cuskey
NCMA Certifications: 1.5 CPEs
APTAC Certifications: 0.75 ATC (pending)
APTAC BOK: D.1 SBIR and STTR GSA Schedule Contracting

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.

This webinar provides insight into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program regulations, common SBIR myths, and how to develop effective strategies to protect and enhance your data rights, value and wealth under the SBIR program. 

The SBIR program was established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219) with the purpose of strengthening the role of innovative small business concerns in federally funded research and development (R&D). Despite being touted as one of SBA’s most successful small business programs, the SBIR program’s unique rules, regulations, and data rights provisions are not well understood by small businesses and some participating federal agencies. Thirty-eight years after its inception, “… this small business set-aside program (still) struggles against ignorance, indifference, and outright opposition” (Metzger, 2016)*.

Attendees will learn how SBIR policies differ from other government contracting regulations and, more importantly, how to address the government’s misinterpretations, reluctance to take advantage of SBIR program authorities, and/or deliberate attempts to reduce a small business’s SBIR data rights.

*Metzger, David (2016). WHILE THE NATION SLEPT, The Struggle of Small Innovative Businesses in the US. Herndon: Mascot Books, p.15.

Meet Your Instructor:

Jeff Cuskey

JEFF CUSKEY is an acquisition and contracting advisor with over 30 years of experience in federal and defense contracting. Recently, he helped establish successful Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in Monterey, CA and Bozeman MT. In addition to providing independent government contracting consulting and educational services, he developed and taught defense-focused MBA acquisition, contracting, and program management courses for over 12 years at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Graduate School of Business & Public Policy. Jeff is a retired U.S Navy Commander. During his 20 years of active naval service, he held various leadership, acquisition and contracting positions, including assignments as the Navy’s multibillion-dollar F/A-18 Program Chief Financial Officer and F/A-18 Super Hornet Deputy Contracting Officer.

Jeff holds a BA Degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware and an MS Degree in Acquisition and Contracting from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Additionally, he has earned the Certified Professional Contracts (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) professional designations from the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), the Certified Schedules Contracts Manager (CSCM) professional designation from Centre Law & Consulting, and the Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) designation from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). Jeff enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge and insight into government contracting issues, regulations and processes, and helping businesses become successful government contractors.


Aug 11 2020


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 11 2020
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm