The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role that small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
Two awards will be given: the Hall of Fame Award recognizing companies that have an extended period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and product commercialization; and another, the Tibbetts Award with two categories, one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, and another for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs.
The Tibbetts Award is named after Roland Tibbetts, who was instrumental in developing SBIR, a highly competitive program to ensure small businesses get a chance to compete for federal research and development funding, along with the opportunities it provides to profit from commercialization of the technologies they develop.
The SBIR and STTR programs account for more than $2.5 billion per year in federal R&D funds and are coordinated by the SBA in cooperation with 11 other federal agencies with large external research and development budgets.
The awards are presented to companies and individuals that are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology.
Nominations will be received through 3 p.m. MST Jan. 31. The awards will be presented in Washington in May.
To submit a nomination, please visit tibbetts2013.challenge.gov or sbirhof2013.challenge.gov.
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