SBA Pre-Release of SBIR/STTR Policy Directives

The SBA has pre-released the Policy Directives (PD) for the SBIR/STTR Programs. These are currently available in a “pre-publication” PDF format only until the official publications are made in the Federal Register, due out August 6, 2012.

The PDs will be published as a “Final Rule” on August 6, in essence making them effective immediately upon printing in the Federal Register.

The SBA wants your public comments on the new Final Rules. The commenting period will commence upon publication in the Federal Register. If the schedule is adhered to, comments will be open for 60 days and close October 6, 2012.

A new “Final Rule” with consideration of comments should be published by the end of the calendar year.
The rules are long and complex, so you won’t hear much from the SBIR community until a preliminary study is done. However, the SBA will hold two webinars (perhaps more) but for now they are scheduled for:
  • August 23, 2012 (you must register by August 22, 2012)
  • August 29, 2012 (you must register by August 28, 2012)

If you are interested in attending one of the Webinars, you must pre-register (maximum participation is 125 per session) by sending an e-mail to


You must include in the subject line: the date of the Webinar you want to attend.


In the body of the email you must include:

  • Participant Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Email Address, and
  • Fax Number

If you wish to download the pre-publication PDF versions go to: (SBIR) (STTR)