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June 12, 1998

SSTI has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and the National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST) to complete a study of state SBIR/STTR programs. The project is for the SBIR Working Group of the U.S. Innovation Partnership. As part of the study, SSTI will be interviewing state SBIR/STTR assistance providers and federal SBIR program managers over the next several weeks on a range of issues.

The final report, to be completed in August, will include an inventory of the services and assistance provided by the states, a description of how state programs have evolved based on their experience with the federal SBIR/STTR programs, measures for determining the impact of state SBIR initiatives, and recommendations on how states may best interact with the federal programs, with particular emphasis on commercialization of SBIR technologies.

The project will provide baseline data for the US Innovation Partnership SBIR Working Group as it considers and develops a proposal for leveraging state and federal SBIR efforts to bring SBIR-developed technology to the marketplace. For more information, contact Dan Berglund at SSTI at 614/421-SSTI (7784).