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Requests For Quotations

PLEASE NOTE BELOW THE COMPLETE LIST OF 21 SOLICITATIONS FROM ADVOCACY (17 TOPICS) AND NWBC (3 + 1 JOINT ADVOCACY/NWBC TOPIC) .

The Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) and National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) are pleased to announce our complete series of solicitations for small business research, also posted to our websites (https://www.sba.gov/advocacy; https://www.nwbc.gov) and FedBizOpps (https://www.fbo.gov/). In addition, this year Advocacy and NWBC made a few modifications to our research topic generation and solicitation processes.   Those changes are described in greater detail below.

What are ‘Miscellaneous’ topics? Please note that the currently posted solicitation group contains multiple ‘miscellaneous’ topics.  These miscellaneous solicitations request empirical research for a suggested but not fully inclusive list of possible topics, thus providing prospective researchers with the flexibility to propose a novel but relevant research project that may not be listed via other solicitations. 

Two-way communication of types of projects and proposals. On March 19, 2015, our offices held an SBA Office of Advocacy and National Women’s Business Council Prospective Contractor Webinar / Industry Day (materials available at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7cfccbd2d70134e7a4be23130a7c0972&tab=core&_cview=1 ). This event aimed to provide an opportunity for interested parties to exchange ideas with industry regarding potential research topics and what constitutes an acceptable research proposal. This event was for informational purposes only. Advocacy and NWBC hope to host an information event of this type every year in advance of our solicitation releases. 

Experts in small business research. This year’s Advocacy and NWBC solicitations are a partial small business set-aside where the Office of Advocacy and NWBC expect to award the majority of research contracts to 68% small businesses but recognize that in certain instances, university or other non-profit organizations may be in the best position to fulfill technical responsibilities in a cost-effective way that maximizes federal dollars.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to any researchers who may be interested in submitting a research proposal.

*** SPECIFICS OF CURRENTLY POSTED SOLICITATIONS***

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends.

The National Women's Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. We conduct and commission best in class research on women entrepreneurs in order to provide evidence-based policy recommendations.

To fulfill these tasks, Advocacy and NWBC periodically fund small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs). Areas of continuing interest are listed below and have been chosen because they are researchable, show the status or role of small businesses, can be a catalyst for further research, or may provide policymaking insight. The proposal solicitations and synopses are listed on FedBizOpps. If the below link is not active, go to www.fbo.gov and search for recent Small Business Administration listings or visit the web pages of the Office of Advocacy (https://www.sba.gov/category/advocacy-navigation-structure/research-and-statistics ) and National Women’s Business Council (https://www.nwbc.gov/issues-and-research ).

 

The following solicitations are currently open:

SBA Office of Advocacy

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TOPICS 1-4 IS THURSDAY JUNE 4, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT

  1. Research on Miscellaneous Small Business Topics Using Large Datasets (SBAHQ-15-Q-0030), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=099336542c64f64caa7c23658127ecd3&_cview=0
     
  2. Research on Miscellaneous Topics: Small Businesses in the Supply Chain (SBAHQ-15-Q-0025), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=8ef6b6b23d6f309ef097c4b0391ee60d&_cview=0
     
  3. Research on Miscellaneous Small Business Topics on Minority Entrepreneurship (SBAHQ-15-Q-0031), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=a57a83509970674bda938789b346ac6f&_cview=0
     
  4. Research on Millennial Entrepreneurship (SBAHQ-15-Q-0029), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=0f17637aac361ce731f7e8cd44ea0a3d&_cview=0

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TOPICS 5-8 IS TUESDAY JUNE 9, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT
     

  5. Research on the Potential of Microfinance on Small Businesses (SBAHQ-15-Q-0028), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=6052dff818273139350da9fef9fad60a&_cview=0
     
  6. Research on Miscellaneous Small Business Topics on Alternative Financing (SBAHQ-15-Q-0022), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=28b99ad8e3e32a0a3350f00d967b67ba&_cview=0
     
  7. Research on the Impacts of Technological Innovations in Banking on Small Business Access to Capital (SBAHQ-15-Q-0021), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=ee10a52d564aa9358e2bd5ff447910e2&_cview=0
     
  8. Research on Technology Effects on Small Businesses in International Markets (SBAHQ-15-Q-0036), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=7aa9fcd68705864940546a54a95628d6&_cview=0

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TOPICS 9-11 IS TUESDAY JUNE 16, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT
     

  9. Research on the Implications of Changes in the Wealth and Finances of Small Business Households, 2007 - 2013 (SBAHQ-15-Q-0044), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=70cca55b094ab51aee4d6dd6f2a4da2d&tab=core&_cview=0
     
  10. Research on Small Business and Big Data (SBAHQ-15-Q-0033), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d2d3e905d78c5af45550eb642185d0e2&tab=core&_cview=0
     
  11. Research on Small Business and the Sharing Economy (SBAHQ-15-Q-0034), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=3496e18bdb888636067fb14537f7225e&tab=core&_cview=0

    NEW: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TOPICS 12-14 IS FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT
     

  12.  Research on the Credit Card Act of 2009 and Small Businesses (SBAHQ-15-Q-0020), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=9f1b5f980699917f7a3d3d78591e62be&tab=core&_cview=0
     
  13. Research on How Accelerators Promote Regional Entrepreneurship (SBAHQ-15-Q-0024), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=180998349afadf32376f1dec12448d94&tab=core&_cview=0
     
  14. Research on Entrepreneurship in Low Income Areas (SBAHQ-15-Q-0027), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=48c904b090b0e3daeda6923a3baffa35&tab=core&_cview=0

    NEW: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TOPICS 15-17 IS FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT
     

  15. Research on Established Small Businesses and Crowdfunding (SBAHQ-15-Q-0023), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=04e6cf4648a89641629b20b7a7a0cd75&tab=core&_cview=0
     
  16. Research on Crowdfunding and Minority Entrepreneurship (SBAHQ-15-Q-0026), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=134877c0a3e13f204e65aca10f6cc4b9&tab=core&_cview=0
     
  17. Research on Nonemployer Firms: Defining Characteristics and Practices (SBAHQ-15-Q-0032), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=932a43163be5bf893d16e6ce541844a5&tab=core&_cview=0

National Women’s Business Council

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR NWBC TOPIC 1 IS FRIDAY MAY 29, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT

  1. Research on Resources and Programs that Support High Growth Women Entrepreneurs (SBAHQ-15-Q-0039), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=661426a32f26c8167ec28af4b9676245&_cview=0

    DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR NWBC TOPICS 2-4 IS TUESDAY JUNE 4, 2015 BY 12:30 PM CMT
     

  2. Entrepreneurship Ecosystems and their Service of High Growth Women Entrepreneurs (SBAHQ-15-Q-0017), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=af4d62f6b7d8f1887ad80474078c721e&tab=core&_cview=1
     
  3. Commercialization of STEM Innovations by Women (SBAHQ-15-Q-0016), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=23547679e1c1b29570cb8928e70bbf1a&tab=core&_cview=1

    Jointly sponsored topic, NWBC and Office of Advocacy
     

  4. Miscellaneous Topics on Women and Small Business (SBAHQ-15-Q-0019), available at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=3adc6a4659578f1c1fae64b56258af99&tab=core&_cview=1
    Date: 
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014