Affectionately referred to as the "Tibbie", these national awards are made annually (since 1998) to those small firms, projects, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the very best in SBIR achievement.
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:
- Economic impact of technological innovation
- Business achievement and effective collaborations
- Demonstrated state and regional impact and proven support
Hiatus and Return
In 2007 the Tibbetts award went on hiatus and was not awarded for the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. Nominations for the 2011 Tibbetts award opened on November 15, 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; to nanobiotechnology companies such as ANP Technologies.
About the SBIR Program
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.
|Jack Glaser||MBF Bioscience|
|Network Foundation Technologies||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 Bakotic||Northrop Grumman Ship Systems|
|Dr. James I. Finley||Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (A&T)|
|Dr. James Nolan||Decisive Analytics Corporation|
|Patty Forbes||Formerly Senate Committee on Small Business|
|Thomas Knight||Invistics Corporation|
|Mr. Allen Baker||Vital Strategies, Inc.|
|Mr. Stephen Guilfoos||Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)|
|Dr. Patrick Guire||Innovative Surface Technologies, Inc.|
|Mr. Richard Hendel||Boeing Company|
|Dr. Mahendra Jain||Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation|