WHAT IS TABA?
Many participating agencies in the SBIR/STTR program select a vendor to provide commercialization assistance to its awardees. Recent legislation passed in 2018 also made an alternative available referred to as TABA which stands for Technical and Business Assistance. TABA provides small businesses the option to select a vendor of its own choice as an alternative to the vendor that the agency has selected. As TABA is new, not all agencies have yet implemented it and the manner in which TABA is implemented varies greatly across agencies.