Give us the best success stories from the SBIR Program...

The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and is presented to companies and individuals that promote the mission and goals of the SBIR program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR):

  • to stimulate technological innovation;
  • to use small business to meet federal research and development needs;
  • to encourage diverse participation in technological innovation; and 
  • to increase commercialization of Federal research.

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How to enter

Tibbetts Award Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted starting December 17, 2012.  The nomination period will close on January 31, 2013 at 11:00 PM ET.  Anyone can nominate a business and/or individual for a Tibbetts Award – including self-nominations.  Nomination packages must be submitted through the Challenge.gov portal using the “Enter a Submission” tab.  Please note, you will need to establish a free account with Challenge.gov in order to submit any nominations.   

Nomination packages must contain all the elements listed below, be uploaded in either MS Word or PDF format  and must not exceed the page or word limits identified below.

  1. Business or individual profile, including (as applicable): (1 page)
    • Select award: SBIR Recipient or Individual
    • Business Name
    • Name of Business Owner/Operator or Individual
    • Mailing address
    • Email
    • Phone number
    • SBIR Award Year
    • SBIR Award Title
    • SBIR Award Phase
    • SBIR Awarding Agency
    • Name of Nominator (if not self)
    • Nominator’s Affiliation
    • Nominator’s email 
    • Nominator’s phone number
  2. 500 word (or less) description of the business or profile of individual who supports the SBIR program for public release – in case you win
  3. Five (5) page (or less) narrative answering the question with specific references to the evaluation criteria identified above: “Why does this business/individual deserve to win the Tibbetts Award?”
  4. Photograph of nominee(s) for public release
  5. OPTIONAL - Letters of support (no more than 3 letters may be submitted)

Judges

Rick Shindell

Rick Shindell
President at ZYN Systems

Ronald Cooper

Ronald Cooper
Technology Policy Analyst, SBA

Lisa Younger

Lisa Younger
Program Analyst at Office of Technology, SBA

Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee
Senior Advisor, SBA

Joseph Grant

Joseph Grant
NASA SBIR Program Staff

Sapna Banker

Sapna Banker
SBIR Staff, DoD

Charles Cleland

Charles Cleland
USDA SBIR Program Manager

Kevin Gutierrez

Kevin Gutierrez
DHS SBIR Manager

Mary Clague

Mary Clague
SBIR Program Manager, NIST

April Richards

April Richards
SBIR Program Manager, EPA

Bonny Heet

Bonny Heet
SBIR Program Manager, SOCOM

Anissa Lumpkin

Anissa Lumpkin
SBIR Program Manager, Air Force

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Innovation
    Technical innovation – e.g., how the technical innovation has advanced national priorities in R&D, how the technical innovation has benefited the federal government or private citizens
  • Business Impact
    Business impact - e.g., job creation and retention, revenue growth, successful acquisition or financial exit
  • Broader Societal and Economic Benefit
    Broader social and economic benefit – e.g., encouraging women and minority participation in R&D, supporting regional economic development, creating connections to local universities