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The Exploitation of Publicly Funded Technology

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  • Link, Albert N.

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

  • Scott, John T.

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    (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)

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In this paper we focus on technology that resulted from R&D projects funded by U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards. We ask: Is there evidence that strategic commercial agreements allow foreign firms to exploit the technologies developed through the SBIR program and funded by U.S. taxpayers? Based on descriptive information from Phase II SBIR-funded project data collected by the National Research Council within the National Academies, we conclude that SBIR funds for Phase II projects and the technologies associated with those projects are not, to a pronounced extent, benefiting foreign firms through agreements with SBIR firms or investors. In that sense, there is no evidence that the technologies developed with funds from U.S. taxpayers are, to any significant extent, being exploited by foreign firms through commercial agreements with SBIR firms.

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Paper provided by University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12-5.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 13 Mar 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ris:uncgec:2012_005

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Keywords: Technology; Small Entrepreneurial Firms; SBIR Program; Strategic Agreements;

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  1. Albert N. Link & John T. Scott, 2012. "Employment growth from public support of innovation in small firms," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(7), pages 655-678, October.
  2. Link, Albert N. & Scott, John T., 2010. "Government as entrepreneur: Evaluating the commercialization success of SBIR projects," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 589-601, June.
  3. Albert N. Link & John T. Scott, 2009. "Private Investor Participation and Commercialization Rates for Government-sponsored Research and Development: Would a Prediction Market Improve the Performance of the SBIR Programme?," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 76(302), pages 264-281, 04.
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  1. Link, Albert N. & Scott, John T., 2013. "Public R&D Subsidies, Outside Private Support, and Employment Growth," Working Papers, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics 13-1, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics.
  2. James Cunningham & Paul O'reilly & Conor O'kane & Vincent Mangematin, 2014. "The inhibiting factors that principal investigators experience in leading publicly funded research projects," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print), HAL hal-00756228, HAL.
  3. David Audretsch & Erik Lehmann & Mike Wright, 2014. "Technology transfer in a global economy," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 301-312, June.
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  6. James Cunningham & Paul O’Reilly & Conor O’Kane & Vincent Mangematin, 2014. "The inhibiting factors that principal investigators experience in leading publicly funded research," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, Springer, vol. 39(1), pages 93-110, February.

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