The Tibbetts Award ("Tibbie") is a national award made annually to those small firms, projects, organizations, and individuals judged to exemplify the very best in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) achievement. The award was established in 1995 and the first awards were made in 1996.The award was named after Roland Tibbetts of the National Science Foundation.
The Small Business Innovation Research program is a United States Government program, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, intended to help certain small businesses conduct research and development (R&D). Funding takes the form of contracts or grants. The recipient projects must have the potential for commercialization and must meet specific U.S. government R&D needs.
Tibbetts Awards recognize accomplishments where, in the judgement of those closely involved and often most immediately affected, the stimulus of SBIR funding has made an important and definable difference.
In selection for Tibbetts Awards, the focus is primarily on:
Innovation in its modern meaning is "a new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in form of device or method". Innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. Such innovation takes place through the provision of more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, or business models that are made available to markets, governments and society. An innovation is something original and more effective and, as a consequence, new, that "breaks into" the market or society. Innovation is related to, but not the same as, invention, as innovation is more apt to involve the practical implementation of an invention to make a meaningful impact in the market or society, and not all innovations require an invention. Innovation often manifests itself via the engineering process, when the problem being solved is of a technical or scientific nature. The opposite of innovation is exnovation.
Tibbetts "Hall of Fame" awards were first presented in 2011, to recognize small businesses that "exemplify notable lifetime achievement in innovation research and that have achieved extraordinary success as a result of the SBIR program."
In 2007 the Tibbetts award went on hiatus and was not awarded for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2011, forty-four companies and eight individuals were selected to receive the award. Tibbets Awards were awarded to businesses ranging from medical device companies such as MedShape Solutions, to electronics manufacturers such as Qualcomm, Inc, and to nanobiotechnology companies such as ANP Technologies.
Qualcomm Incorporated is an American multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services. It derives most of its revenue from chipmaking and the bulk of its profit from patent licensing businesses. The company headquarter is located in San Diego, California, United States, and has 224 worldwide locations. The parent company is Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), which has a number of wholly owned subsidiaries: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT) sells all of Qualcomm's products and services ; Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL) is responsible for the patent licensing business; and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) operates nearly all of Qualcomm's R&D activities.
The SBIR program awards United States Federal Government funds to small businesses to develop innovative technologies that address important national priorities. Individual agencies set aside a fraction of their research and development funds for the program and competitively award contracts to those firms that propose the best strategies to solve solicitation topics. The topics are chosen to address technical issues that each agency considers important.Roland Tibbetts began the SBIR program as a tiny experimental project at the National Science Foundation. Today, the SBIR program has developed more than $21 billion worth of research by more than 15,000 firms—resulting in more than 45,000 patents. SBIR companies employ more than 400,000 scientists and engineers—making the program the largest concentration of scientific and engineering talent in the United States, exceeding the combined total of all American academic and non-profit institutions. Each year, 11 federal agencies award $2 billion in research contracts as part of the SBIR program.
|Made In Space, Inc.||Mountain View, CA|
|Bioo Scientific||Austin, TX|
|Precision Combustion, Inc.||North Haven, Connecticut|
|Eric Schmidt & Kevin Mahaffy||Exquadrum, Inc|
|Sentient Science||Buffalo, NY|
|QorTek Inc.||Williamsport, PA|
|Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC||Blacksburg, VA|
|MBF Bioscience||Williston, VT|
|ORPC, Inc.||Portland, ME|
|TiER1 Performance Solutions||Covington, KY|
|Wyatt Technology Corp.||Santa Barbara, CA|
|Williams-Pyro, Inc.||Fort Worth, Texas|
|3C Institute||Cary, NC|
|SA Photonics||Los Gatos, CA|
|Network Foundation Technologies (NiFTy)||Ruston, La.|
|ANP Technologies||Newark, Del.|
|Vecna Technologies, Inc.||Cambridge, Mass.|
|Fiber Materials||Biddeford, Maine|
|Eric Adolphe, Esq||OPTIMUS Corporation|
|Houston Baker||National Cancer Institute|
|Mark E. Bakotic||Northrop Grumman Ship Systems|
|Pallabi Saboo||Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC|
|James I. Finley||Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (A&T)|
|James Nolan||Decisive Analytics Corporation|
|Patty Forbes||Formerly Senate Committee on Small Business|
|Thomas Knight||Invistics Corporation|
|Allen Baker||Vital Strategies, Inc.|
|Stephen Guilfoos||Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)|
|Patrick Guire||Innovative Surface Technologies, Inc.|
|Richard Hendel||Boeing Company|
|Mahendra Jain||Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation|
|Ronald Ignatius||Quantum Devices, Inc.|
|Electronic Concepts and Engineering, Inc||Holland, Ohio|
|Precision Combustion, Inc.||North Haven, Connecticut|
In the United States, federal grants are economic aid issued by the United States government out of the general federal revenue. A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States.
Roland Berger is a global strategy consulting firm headquartered in Munich, with 50 offices in 36 countries. The company was founded under the name Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in 1967 by Roland Berger. In 2011, the company's sales were roughly US$1.2 billion. The company, with around 2,400 employees worldwide, is an independent partnership wholly owned by its approximately 220 partners. Since 2018 Roland Berger is growing again after failed merger talks with Deloitte. The company reported $670M in revenues in 2018, approximately 60% of the pre-merger talk revenues but 13% from the year prior.
The Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments (AGATE) project was a consortium of NASA, the FAA, the general aviation industry and a number of universities. Its goal was to create a Small Aviation Transportation System (SATS) as an alternative to short-range automotive trips for both private and business transportation needs. The Small Aviation Transportation System will make many time-sensitive short-haul trips more affordable for business, medical, public safety and recreational pursuits.
HUBZone is a United States Small Business Administration (SBA) program for small companies that operate and employ people in Historically Under-utilized Business Zones (HUBZones). The HUBZone program was created in response to the HUBZone Empowerment Act created by the US Congress in 1998. Based on the Act, small businesses will be designated as HUBZone certified if they have the following criteria:
The United States Government sets aside contract benefits for companies considered "Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)." The most notable of these contracts is the Veterans Government-wide Acquisition Contracts is the result of Executive Order 13360 that is designed to strengthen federal contracting opportunities for SDVO firms. The current VETS contract is for the period from 2 February 2007 through 1 February 2017 with a five-year option. This program has a ceiling of $5 billion. While this money is set aside by the Office of Federal Procurement it is up to the government agencies to provide the contracts, mainly the United States Department of Defense (DoD).
The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act of 2007 or America COMPETES Act was authored by Bart Gordon and signed by President George W. Bush; it became law on 9 August 2007. This was an Act, "To invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States."
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a United States government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is "to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters". The agency's activities are summarized as the "3 Cs" of capital, contracts and counseling.
Vecna Technologies is an IT solutions company with product offerings in healthcare including the Patient Information Exchange and QC PathFinder. Vecna shares its origin with an independent sister company Vecna Robotics that develops and applies robotics technology to logistics and industrial markets.
The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is a technology-based economic development agency funded by the state of Utah. The organization works to develop ideas and research into marketable products and successful companies through its competitive grant and entrepreneur support programs. USTAR facilitates the diversification of the state’s tech economy, increases private follow-on investment, and supports the creation of technology-based start-up firms, higher paying jobs and additional business activity leading to a statewide expansion of Utah’s tax base.
NanoScale Corporation was a private US corporation, located in Manhattan, Kansas. It was founded by Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde in 1995, as Nantek, Inc., to further develop and commercialize certain intellectual properties of Kansas State University. In January 2001, the Company’s name was changed to NanoScale Materials, Inc. They were reincorporated in July 2007, as a Delaware corporation, with the current name NanoScale Corporation. NanoScale worked with a variety of private, commercial, and government customers. NanoScale developed, manufactured, and sold nano-crystalline metal oxides and other materials for a wide array of applications, including odor neutralization, hazardous chemical neutralization, and environmental remediation. Scientists affiliated with NanoScale Corporation have collaborated to write, and publish, many scientific papers and publications in the subjects of material science and advanced chemistry nanotechnology. They closed down following wire-fraud.
Maryland's leading industries by employment are health care and social assistance, state and local government, retail trade, and professional and technical services. Maryland's Gross State Product (GSP) was $295.4 billion in 2010. The Government sector produced $52.1 billion and accounted for 18 percent of Maryland's GSP in 2009. Federal government, including military and civilian, accounted for slightly more than half at just over $27 billion, while state and local government combined for nearly $25 billion. The Fort George G. Meade military installation, which includes employees of the National Security Agency, is the state's biggest employer at 44,540. The largest private sector industry is real estate with $48.4 billion, or 17 percent of economic activity. Large private employers in Maryland include Black & Decker, Legg Mason, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, ZeniMax Media, McCormick & Company, Perdue Farms, General Motors, IBM, Northrop Grumman, and Verizon.
Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) was an Independent Special District of the state of Florida. As a technology-based economic development organization it focuses upon the incubation of new business ventures, the acceleration of growth of existing firms and the commercialization of innovative technologies.
Regina E. Dugan, is an American businesswoman, inventor, technology developer and government official. She was the first female director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where she served from July 2009 until March 2012.
The United States Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 was, after the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the second major piece of legislation focused on technology transfer from federal government agencies to the commercial sector. The act established the Federal Laboratory Consortium and enabled federal laboratories to enter into Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and to negotiate licenses for patented inventions made at the laboratory.
Aymeric Sallin is the founder and CEO of NanoDimension, a nanotechnology-focused venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and Switzerland.
The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is an extension agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), part of the executive branch of the federal government. The 1994 Department Reorganization Act, passed by Congress, created CSREES by combining the former Cooperative State Research Service and the Extension Service into a single agency.
3C Institute is a private, for-profit research and development company based in Durham, North Carolina. The company partners with researchers, program providers, non-profits, and companies to develop customized digital information delivery systems, such as personalized games, e-training courses, and web-based assessments. 3C Institute also develops evidence-based social emotional learning products for children, adolescents, and parents.
Made In Space, Inc. (MIS) is an US-based company, specializing in the engineering and manufacturing of three-dimensional printers for use in microgravity. Headquartered in Mountain View, California on Moffett Field, Made In Space's 3D printer was the first manufacturing device in space.
Wyatt Technology Corporation or Wyatt Technology is a developer and manufacturer of instrumentation for the characterization of nanoparticles and macromolecules. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, Wyatt Technology was founded in 1981 and incorporated in 1984, Wyatt Technology has developed and introduced instrumentation for the measurement of multiangle light scattering (MALS), quasi-elastic light scattering (QELS), differential refractive index, electrophoresis, viscosity and composition gradient multiangle light scattering (CG-MALS) for the determination of the absolute molecular weights and sizes of nanoparticles, proteins and polymers in solution.