Kolaka No eau, Inc., B-291818, April 2, 2003
B-291818: Apr 2, 2003
DIGEST Protest that an agency did not select protester's proposal for a phase I Small Business Innovation Research contract is denied. Although the proposal was recommended for award. The proposal was reasonably not as highly ranked as other proposals for which the agency had sufficient funding to make awards. The SBIR program is designed to increase the participation of small business concerns in federally funded research or research and development (R&D). Federal agencies (such as NASA) with R&D "extramural" budgets in excess of $100 million are required to provide a program under which a portion of the agency's research or R&D effort is reserved for award to small business concerns through a three-phased process.