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US SBIR Programme

The Small Business Innovation Research Programme SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger businesses. SBIR funds the critical startup and development stages and it encourages the commercialization of the technology, product, or service, which, in turn, stimulates the U.S. economy.

Here or There

Results from a survey by Professors Jerry and Marie Thursby of multinational companies regarding the factors that influence decisions on where to conduct R&D.

US - National Science Foundation

The NSF Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS), Science and Engineering Statistics. Publications, data, and analyses about US science and engineering resources, including trends in research and development (R&D) performed by industry within the United States. It includes analytical information on R&D funded from companies' own resources and sales and employment reported by R&D-performing firms.

pdf041215 R&D Globalisation Study

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The idea that the United States dominates cutting edge science and technology is increasingly challenged as the US share of patents and scientific awards declines and corporations report increasing reliance on offshore research and development (R&D). This is the project proposal for work supported by EIRMA to provide survey evidence that can serve as the basis for informed policy discussions on these issues.

We will survey US and European based companies in order to identify key factors in R&D siting decisions and to develop a framework to evaluate the relative importance of these factors. Such data and analysis are critical for fruitful discussions of policy initiatives to enable the United States to attract and retain the advanced technology sectors that drive job creation, high productivity, and economic growth.

pdf040816 Shortage of Scientists in the USA

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Summary of Science and Engineering Indicators 2004, biennial report of the National Science Board. Includes comments from Tom Daschle, Senate Demcratic Leader, remarking on the relative decline of US scientific discovery.

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