SBIR Set-Aside Increase Blocked
Date: January 08, 2011
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ASBMR is a member, has led a coalition of nearly 100 groups from research institutions, higher education associations, and patient advocacy organizations to fight attempts to increase the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) "set-aside", noting that it would redirect a larger portion of science agency budgets away from competitive peer-reviewed basic research at a time when future funding levels for research are uncertain. The current authority for the SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs expires on January 31, 2011 and it is likely that the next U.S. Congress will try again to renew both programs. FASEB will continue to oppose any attempt to increase the "set-aside" and urge legislators to work with the Obama Administration to increase funding for all research, thereby increasing the total investment in SBIR.