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Review of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs
at the Department of Energy

Project Statement of Task

In response to a Congressional mandate, an ad hoc committee will conduct a study of the economic and non-economic benefits of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Drawing on published research plus existing data, the committee will examine:

- A range of economic impacts including, to the extent practicable, the number of jobs created by these programs;

- The role of SBIR/STTR programs in stimulating technological innovation and contributing to DOE’s research and development needs;

- Collaborations created between small businesses and research institutions on account of the programs;

- The effectiveness of DOE’s SBIR/STTR award selection process and commercialization assistance; and

- Ways to improve outreach efforts to SBIR and STTR applicants, particularly to increase applications from small businesses that are (1) new to the programs, (2) from under-represented states, (3) woman-owned, or (4) minority-owned.

The committee will produce a consensus report with findings and recommendations.

Meetings and Events

November 8-9, 2018: Meeting #4 (Agenda | Presentations)
August 8-9, 2018: Meeting #3, Chicago, IL (Agenda | Presentations - Ushma Kriplani)
May 21-22, 2018: Meeting #2, Washington DC (Agenda | Presentations - David Brown and Sabrina Howell; Adam JaffeManny OliverDavid Popp)
March 8-9, 2018: Meeting #1, Washington DC (Agenda | Presentations - Manny OliverJohn Williams)


Committee Members

Scott Stern
David Sarnoff Professor of Management
Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group
Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maryann Feldman
Heninger Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Policy,
Adjunct Professor of Finance at Kenan-Flagler Business School,
Research Director at UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Daniel Armanios
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering & Public Policy
College of Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University

Aaron Chatterji

Associate Professor
The Fuqua School of Business
Duke University

Jeanette Anastasia Colyvas
Associate Professor
Human Development and Social Policy
School of Education and Social Policy
Northwestern University

Lisa Cook
Associate Professor of Economics and International Relations
Department of Economics
Michigan State University

Kaye Husbands Fealing
Professor and Chair
School of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

David Hsu
Richard A. Sapp Professor
Professor of Management
Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Amol Joshi
Assistant Professor
College of Business
Oregon State University

Jenny Kuan
Visiting Assistant Professor
B. Freeman School of Business
Tulane University

Lauren Lanahan

Assistant Professor of Management
Department of Management
Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

Robin Rasor
Executive Director
Office of Licensing & Ventures
Duke University

Stephanie Shipp
Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory
Biocomplexity Institute
Virginia Tech


Project Staff:

Study Director
Gail Cohen (


Department of Energy