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Legislative Citation

  • The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Defense Reauthorization Act), Public Law 112-81, 125-Stat. 1298, Section 5001, Division E of the Defense Authorization Act contains the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 (Reauthorization Act)
  • Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000, P.L. 106-554 (15 U.S.C. 631 and 638);
  • Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I-B (20 U.S.C. 9531-9534)

Program Regulations

Executive Order 13329 on Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing

The purpose of Executive Order 13329 is to ensure that Federal agencies assist the private sector in its manufacturing innovation efforts. Manufacturing-related R&D encompasses improvements in existing methods or processes, or wholly new processes, machines or systems. The executive order states that continued technological innovation is critical to a strong manufacturing sector of the United States economy. The executive order recognizes that the commercialization of technologies, products, or services funded through the SBIR and STTR programs play a crucial role in stimulating the U.S. economy.

The Department of Education's SBIR program encourages R&D in manufacturing through systems level technologies. These projects encompass a range of forms of manufacturing, such as artificial intelligence or information technology devices, software, systems, hardware, product design, among others.

For more information on Executive Order 13329, please contact Edward Metz or read the following document:

To view the ED SBIR Annual Report to SBA on Executive Order 13329 (Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing), see here. [PDF, 73KB]

Last Modified: 03/10/2016