The Shaky Start of the UK Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in Comparison to the US Small Business Innovation Research Programme (SBIR)

34 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2013

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Emma Tredgett

University of London - Birkbeck College; University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Alex Coad

CENTRUM Catolica Graduate Business School

Date Written: January 22, 2013

Abstract

The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) recently introduced in the UK was modelled after the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) in the US. We focus on the first few years of each program, and present some new data that allows a comparison of the first years of the two schemes. While the US SBIR had steady growth, the UK SBIR has had a shaky start. We discuss whether the UK adoption has been as successful as hoped, what can be learned from the first three years, discuss some key issues affecting the SBRI and suggest how it might be improved.

Keywords: Small Business Research Initiative, Small Business Innovation Research Program, SMEs, innovation policy

JEL Classification: O38, O31

Suggested Citation

Tredgett, Emma and Coad, Alex, The Shaky Start of the UK Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in Comparison to the US Small Business Innovation Research Programme (SBIR) (January 22, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2205156 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2205156

Emma Tredgett

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HX
United Kingdom

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )

Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Alex Coad (Contact Author)

CENTRUM Catolica Graduate Business School ( email )

1801 Universitaria Avenue
San Miguel
Lima, Lima Lima32
Peru

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