Thursday, December 15, 2011

SBIR and STTR Extended Through September 2017

CED is glad to report that SBIR, the Small Business Innovation Research program, has been extended for a period of 6 years, now scheduled through September 30, 2017. This includes STTR, or the Small Business Technology Transfer program, and what was formerly known as the Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP)--now to be known as the Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP). 

This legislation passed as a component of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA), or HR.1540. President Obama will now need to sign the bill into law, an action to which he has already committed. UPDATE: President Obama signed this bill into law December 31, 2011.

There are, however, changes and additions to these programs. Some will be heralded as necessary, some, perhaps not so much. According to this great letter by Rick Shindell, posted on, "the SBIR program was a stone's throw from being laid to rest."

If you wish to review the bill's language, Shindell and Zyn have created a PDF of the SBIR legislation from the conference report that was passed. It comprises 107 pages of the total 1844 page NDAA document.It is located at

For more information, please review Shindell's letter.