[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 151 (Monday, August 6, 2012)]
[Page 46909]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18118]

Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / 

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and Small 
Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Policy Directives

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration.

ACTION: Notice of Webinars


SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces that it 
will be holding public Webinars regarding the recent amendments to the 
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology 
Transfer Program (STTR) Policy Directives. These amendments implement 
provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
2012. The Defense Authorization Act contained the SBIR/STTR 
Reauthorization Act of 2011 (Reauthorization Act), which made several 
key changes to the programs relating to eligibility, the SBIR award 
process, program administration, and fraud, waste and abuse. SBA has 
addressed these changes in the directives. The Webinar will provide a 
basic overview of and respond to questions regarding the changes to the 
Policy Directives. Although SBA published the directives as final, it 
is requesting comments on the various amendments made.

DATES: The Webinars are scheduled for August 23rd and August 29th. The 
Webinars will be conducted by SBA's Office of Investment and 
Innovation. For additional information, see Section II.

ADDRESSES: The phone number and corresponding web address for the 
Webinar will be provided to participants upon registration.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Investment and Innovation at 
[email protected].


I. Background Information

    SBA is publishing Policy Directives for the SBIR and STTR Programs. 
These directives are an integral part of the implementation of the 
Reauthorization Act. In order to familiarize the public with the 
content of the directives, SBA will host two Webinars listed below. 
Interested parties may choose to attend and participate in these 

II. Webinar Schedule

                                     Date and time       closing date
Webinars:.......................  August 23, 2012, 2  August 22, 2012,
                                   p.m.-4 p.m. EST.    11:59 p.m. EST.
                                  August 29, 2012, 2  August 28, 2012,
                                   p.m.-4 p.m. EST.    11:59 p.m. EST.

III. Registration

    If you are interested in attending one of the Webinars, you must 
pre-register by sending an email to [email protected]. You must 
include in the subject line the date of the Webinar for which you wish 
to participate, and in the body of the email, please provide the 
following: Participant's Name, Title, Organization Affiliation, 
Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, and Fax Number. You must 
submit your email by the applicable registration closing date listed in 
Section II of this notice. Due to technological constraints, 
participation is limited to 125 registrants for each of the two 
Webinars. If demand exceeds capacity for the two Webinars, SBA may 
consider holding additional Webinars. SBA will announce any additional 
Webinars through a Federal Register notice and on its web site for the 
SBIR and STTR Programs at www.sbir.gov.
    SBA will confirm the registration via email along with instructions 
for participation. SBA will post any presentation materials associated 
with the Webinars on the day of the Webinars at www.sbir.gov. 
Participants are responsible for ensuring their computer systems are 
compatible with the Webinar software.
    If there are specific questions you would like SBA to address 
during the Webinars, please send your question(s) to SBA no later than 
the registration closing date listed in Section II. All participants 
are encouraged to submit comments regarding the directives at http://www.regulations.gov or hand delivery/courier to Edsel Brown, Assistant 
Director, Office of Technology, U.S. Small Business Administrator, 409 
Third Street SW., Washington, DC 20416. The Webinar will be summarized 
and become part of the administrative record.

Harry E. Haskins,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation.
[FR Doc. 2012-18118 Filed 7-27-12; 11:15 am]