Tibbetts Award

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Tibbetts Award 2013. Roland Tibbetts in center.

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.[1]The award was named after Roland Tibbetts of the National Science Foundation.[1]

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

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."[2]

Hiatus and return[edit]

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.[3]

About the SBIR Program[edit]

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.[4] 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.

Past winners[edit]

Ben Plowman receives his 2002 Tibbetts Award.


Winner Location
Made In Space, Inc. Mountain View, CA


Winner Location
Bioo Scientific Austin, TX
Precision Combustion, Inc. North Haven, Connecticut


Winner Company
Eric Schmidt & Kevin Mahaffy Exquadrum, Inc
Winner Location
Sentient Science Buffalo, NY
QorTek Inc. Williamsport, PA


Winner Location
Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC Blacksburg, VA
MBF Bioscience Williston, VT
ORPC, Inc. Portland, ME
TiER1 Performance Solutions Covington, KY


Winner Location
Wyatt Technology Corp. Santa Barbara, CA
Williams-Pyro, Inc. Fort Worth, Texas
3C Institute Cary, NC
SA Photonics Los Gatos, CA


Winner Location
Network Foundation Technologies (NiFTy) Ruston, La.
ANP Technologies Newark, Del.
Vecna Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, Mass.
Fiber Materials Biddeford, Maine


Winner Company
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[7]
Patty Forbes Formerly Senate Committee on Small Business
Thomas Knight Invistics Corporation


Winner Company
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.


Winner Location
Electronic Concepts and Engineering, Inc Holland, Ohio
Precision Combustion, Inc. North Haven, Connecticut


  1. ^ a b "Committee Reports 104th Congres(1995-1996), House Report 104-850". United States Library of Congress.
  2. ^ "Tibbetts Award And Hall of Fame". Small Business Innovation Research Program. United States Federal Government.
  3. ^ http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/press/winners-2011-tibbetts-awards,1658359.html
  4. ^ "SBIR". Small Business Innovations Research Program. United States Federal Government.
  5. ^ https://www.sbir.gov/sites/default/files/Tibbetts%20&%20SBIR%20HoF%20Award%20Booklet.pdf
  6. ^ "SBA Announces Winners of 2011 Tibbetts Awards". Small Business Administration. United States Federal Government.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-08-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ https://www.sbir.gov/node/820763
  9. ^ https://www.sbir.gov/node/819219