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.