SBIR:  Commercialization, Invention, and Financing Innovation (SCIFI)

SCIFI is a project to study the impact of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program on invention and innovation.  We study the patents generated by companies funded by NASA’s SBIR program to answer these questions:

  • How does this program impact the patent generation of microfirms (<10 employees)?
  • What is the risk profile of the NASA portfolio?
  • What is the role of public investment in supporting technology startups?