Debunking SBIR Myths: Strategies to Protect and Optimize the Value of SBIR Program Authorities


Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on August 18, 2022)
Date: August 9, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Jeff Cuskey, Cuskey GOVCON Consulting & Expert Witness Services
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
APTAC BOK: D.1 SBIR & STTR GSA Schedule Contracting (Elective)

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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 optimize an SBIR participant’s rights, values 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. Forty years after its inception, “… this small business set-aside program (still) struggles against ignorance, indifference, and outright opposition” (David Metzger, 2016).

You will learn how SBA’s SBIR policies differ from other government contracting regulations and, more importantly, how to address the government’s misinterpretations and reluctance to take advantage of SBIR program authorities.

Target Audience: Small businesses that want to work with the federal government

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


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