Creates the small business innovation research/small business technology transfer technical assistance program.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to creating the small business innovation research/small business technology transfer technical assistance program
PURPOSE: To provide technical assistance to small New York state businesses as they compete for phase 1 federal SBIR and STTR grants so as to increase the number of phase 1 SBIR and STTR award winners within the state.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The legislation would provide funds for outreach to small businesses to promote awareness of SBIR/STTR program solicitations; counseling to determine the ability of business to pursue SBIR/STTR phase 1 funding, the technology match with the federal agency solicitation to be pursued, the qualifications of personnel involved in the proposed project, the level of support needed from the technical assistance program to produce a competitive application; and proposal preparation assistance including grant writing, technology evaluation, and general proposal evaluation. Entities eligible to receive funds for these purposes are Centers of Advanced Technology, Regional Development Technology Centers, State University of New York engineering schools that administer the strategic partnership for industrial resurgence program, and the centers of Excellence. Preference would be given to those entities that partner with other eligible entities to provide these services.
JUSTIFICATION: The federal government sets aside a share of its research and development dollars for small businesses through SBIR and STTR programs. Over $2 billion annually for competitive grants and contracts is made available to small businesses to develop promising new technologies, These programs are an attractive source of risk capital for small technology companies necessary to facilitate the growth of New York's Innovation Economy.
New York State, however, lags behind competitor states such as California and Massachusetts in the number of SBIR and STTR phase I grants awarded. In fact, between 2000 and 2009, New York ranked only sixth in the nation, also behind Virginia, Colorado, Maryland, and Texas.
Many other states intent on boosting the number of SBIR/STTR winners have established technical assistance programs to market federal program opportunities to small technology businesses, assist them in selecting appropriate solicitations, and provide crucial support in navigating the application process. A few university technology programs and regional technology development organizations within New York are struggling to make the services available, but are constrained by severely limited recourses.
New York needs to invest a small but crucial amount of funds that can leverage substantial federal dollars to assist small technology companies to develop innovations that can be commercialized in New York State, creating well-paying jobs for our residents.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2011-12: S.7376/A.7296B - Referred to Corporations, Authorities and Commissions 2009-10 -A.10084
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Appropriations of $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 would be necessary for an effective program that would draw down potentially substantial federal SBIR and STTR awards.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 154--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. GALLIVAN, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in relation to creating the small business innovation research/small business technology transfer technical assistance program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968, constituting the New York state urban development corporation act, is amended by adding a new section 46 to read as follows: S 46. SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR)/SMALL BUSINESS TECH- NOLOGY TRANSFER (STTR) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. 1. THE SMALL BUSI- NESS INNOVATION RESEARCH/SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, HEREAFTER REFERRED TO AS "THE PROGRAM", IS HEREBY CREATED IN THE CORPORATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING FUNDS TO ELIGI- BLE ENTITIES TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO SMALL BUSINESSES OF ONE HUNDRED EMPLOYEES OR LESS AND LOCATED IN NEW YORK STATE IN COMPETING SUCCESSFULLY FOR GRANTS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH PHASE I OF THE FEDERAL SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM AS ENACTED PURSUANT TO THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1982, AND THE SMALL BUSI- NESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ACT OF 1982, SO AS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PHASE I SBIR AND STTR AWARD WINNERS WITHIN THE STATE. 2. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES UNDER THIS SECTION MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: (A) OUTREACH TO SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF SBIR/STTR PROGRAM SOLICITATIONS; (B) COUNSELING TO DETERMINE THE ABILITY OF A BUSINESS TO PURSUE SBIR/STTR PHASE I FUNDING, THE TECHNOLOGY MATCH WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCYEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01964-03-3 S. 154--A 2
SOLICITATION TO BE PURSUED, THE QUALIFICATIONS OF PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED PROJECT, AND THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT NEEDED FROM THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO PRODUCE A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION; AND (C) PROPOSAL PREPARATION ASSISTANCE INCLUDING GRANT WRITING, TECHNOLO- GY EVALUATION, AND GENERAL PROPOSAL EVALUATION. 3. IN DETERMINING WHETHER TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION TO A SMALL BUSINESS, ELIGIBLE ENTITIES SHALL CONSIDER THE PROBABILITY OF SUCH BUSINESS COMMERCIALIZING ANY INNO- VATIONS RESULTING FROM RESEARCH FUNDED BY AN SBIR OR STTR AWARD IN NEW YORK STATE. 4. ELIGIBLE ENTITIES. (A) ENTITIES THAT ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDS UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL HAVE DEMONSTRABLE EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS IN PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION, AND AS DETERMINED BY THE CORPORATION, AND SHALL INCLUDE: (I) CENTERS FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 3102-B OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW; (II) TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION THIRTY-ONE HUNDRED TWO-D OF THE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES LAW; (III) STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK ENGINEERING SCHOOLS THAT ADMINISTER THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR INDUSTRIAL RESURGENCE PROGRAM; AND (IV) CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF PART T OF CHAPTER 84 OF THE LAWS OF 2002 AND SECTION FOUR HUNDRED TEN OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW. (B) PREFERENCE FOR RECEIVING FUNDS UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE GIVEN TO ENTITIES THAT PARTNER WITH OTHER ELIGIBLE ENTITIES TO PROVIDE THE FULL RANGE OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES AS SPECIFIED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. (C) ENTITIES RECEIVING FUNDS UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL MATCH SUCH FUNDS ON A ONE-TO-ONE BASIS. SUCH MATCH SHALL CONSIST OF ACTUAL CASH, SALA- RIES, STAFF TIME, OR EXPENSES DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. OVERHEAD COSTS MAY NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MATCH. 5. USE OF FUNDS. (A) FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR COSTS RELATED TO CONDUCTING OUTREACH TO SMALL BUSINESSES TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF SBIR/STTR PROGRAM SOLICITATIONS, GRANT PREPARATION AND REVIEW, AND PRINTING COSTS AND SUPPLIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUBMISSION OF GRANTS. (B) FROM SUCH FUNDS AS MAY BE APPROPRIATED FOR THIS PURPOSE BY THE LEGISLATURE, THE CORPORATION SHALL MAKE COMPETITIVE AWARDS ANNUALLY IN AMOUNTS OF UP TO TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PROVIDERS OF ASSISTANCE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 6. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. (A) ENTITIES RECEIVING FUNDS SHALL ANNUALLY PROVIDE TO THE CORPORATION DETAILS ON THE FOLLOWING: (I) DESCRIPTION OF SMALL BUSINESSES SERVED, INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY FOCUS, BUSINESS SIZE AND LOCATION; (II) SBIR AND STTR GRANTS APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED AS A RESULT OF ASSISTANCE PROVIDED; AND (III) ANY OTHER INFORMATION DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE CORPORATION. (B) THE CORPORATION SHALL INCLUDE THE INFORMATION PROVIDED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION IN THE ANNUAL REPORT FILED PURSUANT TO SECTION 404 OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LAW. (C) ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, THE CORPO- RATION SHALL EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SBIR/STTR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND REPORT SUCH FINDINGS TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLA- TURE. THE CORPORATION SHALL ALSO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS AS TO THE APPRO- PRIATENESS OF EXPANDING THE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO SBIR/STTR PHASE II APPLICANTS. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.