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H.R. 2763 (115th): Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017

H.R. 2763 makes improvements to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, including extending several pilot programs instituted in the 2011 reauthorization of both programs through 2022, when both programs will need a full reauthorization.

Specifically, the program:

  • makes permanent the Civilian Agency Commercialization Readiness Program, a pilot program established in the 2011 reauthorization;
  • clarifies congressional intent by requiring the Department of Defense to establish goals for transitioning Phase III technologies in subcontracting plans for contracts of $100 million or more and to set a goal to increase the number of Phase II contracts that lead to technology insertion into large scale Defense programs;
  • extends the pilot program that allows participating agencies to offer a straight to Phase II option for small firms that have established they have completed the work traditionally done in Phase I of the program;
  • extends the pilot program authorizing agencies to utilize up to 3% of the allocations under the SBIR program for various administrative functions associated with the operation of the SBIR and STTR programs through FY 2022;
  • clarifies the types and dollar amounts of technical and business assistance that a small business may pay for with SBIR and STTR funds;
  • requires the Department of Defense to report to the respective committees on the goals and incentives used or created for technology insertion;
  • requires the SBA to submit its annual report on the SBIR and STTR program to Congress by December 31 of each year,;
  • requires the to give high priority to small manufacturing companies and firms engaged in cybersecurity research, in carrying out the SBIR and STTR;
  • requires each federal agency that participates in the STTR program to carry out an Innovative Approaches to Technology Transfer Grant Program, which supports innovative approaches to technology transfer at institutions of higher  education.
Last updated Oct 10, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on May 30, 2017.

Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2017

This bill amends the Small Business Act to require:

the Small Business Administration's (SBA's) annual report on the Small Business Information and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to be submitted by December 31, and each federal agency required to establish an SBIR program to submit its annual report on such program by March 30. The bill requires (current law authorizes) the Department of Defense (DOD), for any contract under the Commercial Readiness Program with a value of at least $100 million, to:

establish goals for the transition of Phase III technologies in subcontracting plans, and require a prime contractor to report the number and dollar amount of contacts entered into for Phase III SBIR or STTR projects. The bill authorizes all agencies participating in the SBIR program, during FY2018-FY2022, to provide SBIR Phase II awards for a project to a small business concern without regard to whether such concern was provided a Phase I award for such project.

The bill changes the temporary pilot program that a covered agency may establish for the allocation of SBIR and STTR program funds for awards for technology development, testing, evaluation, and commercialization assistance for SBIR and STTR phase II technologies, or to support the progress of research, research and development, and commercialization conducted under such programs to phase III, to a permanent Civilian Agency Commercialization Readiness Program.

The bill extends until September 30, 2022, the deadline until which the SBA shall allow each agency required to conduct an SBIR program to use not more than 3% of program funds for administrative, oversight, and contract processing costs.