Table 7.11379 Small business, big awards

From: US research firms put under pressure to sell

Company Number of SBIR awards in 2011 Total award amount (US$) Approximate number of employees Approximate annual revenue
Physical Optics Corporation 94 $32,048,692 235 $50,800,000
Creare 51 $14,746,902 118 $23,000,000
Intelligent Automation 63 $14,567,686 130 $27,000,000
Radiation Monitoring Devices 32 $14,358,266 92 $31,000,000
Infoscitex Corporation 28 $12,987,429 140 Not available
Combustion Research and Flow Technology 22 $10,936,637 39 $9,000,000
Lynntech 38 $10,789,277 135 Not available
Physical Sciences Inc. 33 $10,533,749 180 $35,000,000
CFD Research Corporation 32 $10,298,027 90 $17,000,000
Agiltron Corporation 33 $9,382,591 100 $27,000,000
  1. SBIR awards can exceed revenues because awards can be out of sync with companies’ fiscal years and because monies can be routed to subcontractors. Award totals also include monies from the Small Business Technology Transfer programme.
Just 1% of the companies receiving grants from the US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)programme get 13% of the money. Some companies depend on the awards for most of their revenue, indicating that they do not generate much money from commercial products. Here are the top ten award winners in 2011.