An interview with George Gould Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development
The Small Business Innovation Research program was established with the goal of strengthening the role of innovative small businesses in federally-funded research and development. SBIR is a competitive, awards-based program that enables small firms to explore their technological potential in three phases -- while providing an incentive to profit from commercialization.
Although the government-wide program was officially established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 by the Reagan Administration, the founding father of the SBIR program – Roland Tibbetts – championed the cause decades earlier while serving as the SBIR program manager at the National Science Foundation from 1976 to 1996. Mr. Tibbetts was a distinguished Veteran, a First Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corp during World War II who understood the value of government funded programs. After serving... Read More