Deadline Extended for Small Business Research Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals for small business research for the Office of Advocacy has been extended to February 8. The original announcement with the revised deadline follows.

The Office of Advocacy examines the role of small business in the economy and publishes research on a wide range of topics each year. These studies educate policymakers and small business advocates, and they expand knowledge of small business challenges and contributions. Advocacy recently issued a Request for Quotations (RFQ) seeking proposals for new research in four areas. To view the complete solicitations, visit FedBizOpps and search for the solicitation numbers next to each topic. Research is to be conducted in the year following the contract award. These RFQs are for competitive contracts and are not research grants.  The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, February 8, at 4 p.m. Eastern standard time.

Office of Advocacy Research Proposal Topics, January 2013 

Small Business Access to Capital Using Data Sets


This research should use alternative (non-government) data sources to look at the supply and demand sides of the small business lending market  to assess small businesses’ loan demand, their use of capital, and the real economic impact (such as job creation) of small business capital investments.
Data Gaps in Measuring Small Business Dynamics


This research should focus on data gaps that prevent policymakers, academics and entrepreneurs from actively measuring the dynamics of small businesses with respect to job creation, access to capital, demographics, and innovation.
Entrepreneurship in an Aging America


As the boomer generation ages, the percentage launching second careers as entrepreneurs has fallen slightly. This research should produce recommendations that policymakers can use in determining how to support older workers making the transition from wage work to business ownership.
Support for Small Manufacturers


This research should analyze initiatives in support of small manufacturers across selected coordinated economies in Europe and Asia (e.g., Germany, Japan, China, and South Korea). The study may examine small business scale-up, exporting, workforce training, national security needs and other areas.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, February 8, at 4 p.m. Eastern standard time.

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent voice for small business within the federal government.  The presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views, concerns, and interests of small business before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. To learn more about Advocacy, visit our
website or call (202) 205-6533, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  

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