Let`s start by clarifying what is meant by subcontractors, consultants and subcontractors. A subcontract is defined by the different agencies that have SBIR programs. Here are the references to outsourcing from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. According to this definition, the subcontract is the agreement between the small company applying for a SBIR or STTR price and a third party who helps to carry out the research. The use of these team agreements does not entail any potential risks for contractors. Erroneous teaming agreements can lead to violations of the SBA`s membership rules, where the SBA analyzes the relationship between a party competing for a set-aside contract for a small business and its partners to determine whether they meet current procurement requirements. Even the mere appearance of belonging can lead a small business to spend a lot of time and money to prove that it complies with the Agency`s requirements to take this into account for the contract. There are two types of team agreements: (1) agreements that require subcontracting when a main contract is awarded and (2) agreements to attempt to negotiate a subcontract when a main contract is awarded. In the past, SBIR/STTR award winners have their own data generated during the award ceremony and the contracting body would protect the rights of the winners for at least four years, with rights protection automatically stretched by subsequent awards related to the initial Phase I research. Prospectively, the SBA has abolished, with the revised Directive (1), the extension of SBIR/STTR data rights through monitoring premiums; (2) set a fixed term of protection of 20 years; and (3) to the government, after the expiration of the period of protection, the state`s assignment rights and supersede the previously available unlimited rights. The state`s rights of assignment allow the government to use data for its own purposes and with third parties for specific non-commercial purposes.

The government has unlimited rights to certain data. The Department of Energy (DoE) has a legal mandate to openly disclose and publish scientific and technical data, making it an exception. DoE can obtain unlimited rights to SBIR/STTR data generated from DoE SBIR/STTR funding agreements. As already said, the FAR recognizes two different types of teaming agreements: joint ventures and team agreements. These agreements can be mutually beneficial for small business and government, but also for small businesses and their hopeful partners. UTA-based research requires a formal and written subcontracting agreement from the SBC. UTA cannot begin the research without a formal and signed written agreement. Note that SBCs often don`t have grants or legal support to process a contract easily or quickly. . . .