Frequently Asked Questions

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The Innovation Development Institute, as part of the small group which developed the original SBIR concept, long-time advocate for this important technology development resource and keeper of the SBIR record, has invested significantly in the development of its proprietary, database-grounded, analytical system called SBIR ASSETs - Access SBIR-STTR Scientific Engineering Talent system.

Tapping into the considerable wealth of technical talent among participants in the federal Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) has proven to be a useful, value-adding resource. However, while those with technology seeking responsibilities in larger firms have become aware of SBIR as a collaborative resource, being able to determine on a timely and cost effective basis which SBIR Awardees are doing what work that is of potential interest to the larger firm is a significant challenge. Through the Innovation Development Institute’s proprietary databases, larger firms can access the most relevant SBIR Awardees to meet their business requirements.

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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is a highly competitive three-phase award system which provides qualified small business concerns with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet the specific research and research and development needs of the federal Government.

Technology Seekers are the major corporations, larger and mid-sized firms which in various ways are already actively engaging the technology competencies of the SBIR community or are very interested in doing so. Also, growth-oriented entities actively seeking licensing agreements and other types of working relationships.

Yes.  Some SBIR player with important relevant capabilities, doing relevant leading-edge work - especially across institutional lines - may become a Tech Seeker

The ASSETs Forum is a once-a-year event usually involving 10-12 Tech Seekers. Though it often works out that the participating large firms cluster around particular industry or technology space, in fact the call for participation is open. Some of our Tech Seekers routinely plan to be there at least one of the days almost every year. ASSETs works for them and they find something of major interest every time. More commonly, however, this is where larger firms new to the SBIR collaboration opportunity on a systematic bases using get involved to get a sense of how all this works. Typically, the scope of what they're looking for is fairly generally defined but, at our recommendation, functionality focused. This approach has tended to enable some often very interesting cross-fertilizing discussions - technology developed in one industry segment having direct relevance to a need/problem in completely different space.

.... Focused on series is usually scheduled 3-4 times a year and sometimes piggy-backed onto larger related events offered by others, a focused session organizes around either an industry segment - e.g. Life Sciences - or a technology focus with cross-industry relevant e.g. All things water related. Typically these events will involve 7-9 Tech Seekers. Given the more specialist nature of topics addressed, the number of working relationships per Tech Seeker is often higher than at a Forum.

inknowvation@work - generally offered 3-4 a year, driven by expressed need, the focused emphasis of these convenings often results in a quite large number of post-event interactions and a much higher rate of working relationship than in any other setting. To have been @work engaged has proven to be particularly productive for the small firms involved.

IP3 is a Private-Sector funded project awards system

There are two types of iP3 Players:

  • Tech Seekers – with the responsibility to identify, and the authority to engage, the talent, capabilities and in-place outcomes of high-quality small firms
  • Specific SBIR-involved firms that critical pre-contact analysis suggests have the requisite skills-sets and capabilities sought by the Tech Seeker to tackle particular projects, along with the in-place IP and/or the products they want/need to buy