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SA 230. Mr. PRYOR submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 493, to reauthorize and improve the SBIR and STTR programs, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows.

Strike section 501 and insert the following:
SEC. 501. NATIONALLY IMPORTANT RESEARCH TOPICS AND CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES.
(a) SBIR Program.--Section 9(g) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(g)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (3), by striking "critical technologies" and all that follows and inserting the following: "nationally important research topics or critical technologies, including nationally important research topics or critical technologies identified by the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee;"; and
(2) by adding after paragraph (12), as added by section 111(a) of this Act, the following:
"(13) encourage applications under the SBIR program (to the extent that the projects relate to the mission of the Federal agency)--
"(A) from small business concerns in geographic areas underrepresented in the SBIR program or located in rural areas (as defined in section 1393(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986);
"(B) small business concerns owned and controlled by women;
"(C) small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans;
"(D) small business concerns owned and controlled by Native Americans; and
"(E) small business concerns located in a geographic area with an unemployment rates that exceed the national unemployment rate, based on the most recently available monthly publications of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.".
(b) STTR Program.--Section 9(o) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638(o)), as amended by section 111(b) of this Act, is amended--
(1) in paragraph (3), by striking "critical technologies" and all that follows and inserting the following: "nationally important research topics or critical technologies, including nationally important research topics or critical technologies identified by the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee;";
(2) in paragraph (15), by striking "and" at the end;
(3) in paragraph (16), by striking the period at the end and inserting "; and"; and
(4) by adding at the end the following:
"(17) encourage applications under the STTR program (to the extent that the projects relate to the mission of the Federal agency)--
"(A) from small business concerns in geographic areas underrepresented in the STTR program or located in rural areas (as defined in section 1393(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986);
"(B) small business concerns owned and controlled by women;
"(C) small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans;
"(D) small business concerns owned and controlled by Native Americans; and
"(E) small business concerns located in a geographic area with an unemployment rates that exceed the national unemployment rate, based on the most recently available monthly publications of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor.".
(c) Nationally Important Research Topics and Critical Technologies.--
(1) AMENDMENT.--Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638) is amended by adding after subsection (mm), as added by section 503 of this Act, the following:
"(nn) Biennial Report on Nationally Important Research Topics and Critical Technologies.--
"(1) REPORT REQUIRED.--
"(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than October 1, 2012, and every 2 years thereafter, the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives a report that identifies nationally important research topics and critical technologies. For purposes of this subsection, a nationally important research topic or critical technology may include a research topic or
technology that relates to nanotechnology, rare diseases, security, energy, transportation, improving the security and quality of the water supply of the United States, or the efficiency of water delivery systems.
"(B) CONTENTS.--Each report required under subparagraph (A) shall include, for each research topic or critical technology identified in the report--
"(i) the reasons the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee selected the research topic or technology;
"(ii) the state of the development of the research topic or technology in the United States and in other countries; and
"(iii) an estimate of the current and anticipated level of research and development efforts in the United States concerning the research topic or technology.
"(C) MAXIMUM NUMBER OF NATIONALLY IMPORTANT RESEARCH TOPICS AND CRITICAL TECHNOLOGIES.--A report submitted under subparagraph (A) may not identify more than 30 research topics and technologies as nationally important research topics or critical technologies.
"(2) DETERMINATION OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE.--
"(A) DETERMINATION.--The Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee may identify a research topic or technology as a nationally important research topic or critical technology if the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee determines it is essential for the United States to develop the research topic or technology to further the long-term national security or economic prosperity of the United States.
"(B) CONSIDERATIONS.--In making a determination under subparagraph (A), the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee shall consider--
"(i) reports by the National Academies of Science; and
"(ii) other nationally recognized strategic plans, strategies, or roadmaps.".
(2) PROSPECTIVE REPEAL.--Effective September 30, 2016, section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638), as amended by this subsection, is amended--
(A) in subsection (g)(3), by striking ", including nationally important research topics or critical technologies identified by the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee";
(B) in subsection (o)(3), by striking ", including nationally important research topics or critical technologies identified by the Interagency SBIR/STTR Policy Committee"; and
(C) by striking subsection (nn).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Mar 16, 2011.)