S. 2136 would authorize grants for 2017 to facilitate collaboration between research institutions and small businesses to help small businesses better compete for awards under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The bill also would authorize agencies to use a portion of the amounts available to them for research and development for the administrative costs of the SBIR and STTR programs. Finally, S. 2136 would authorize appropriations for the Federal and State Technology Partnership program.
Based on information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and agencies that participate in the SBIR and STTR programs, CBO estimates that implementing S. 2136 would cost $23 million over the 2017-2021 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because enacting it would not affect direct spending or revenues.
CBO estimates that enacting S. 2136 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.
S. 2136 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.