What are the Civilian and Defense Data Rights Clauses?

The new combined Data Rights clause is the same for both SBIR and STTR funding agreements.

The new clause implements a 20-year protection period (that does not include the extension or “roll-over provision) and applies to both civilian and military agencies.

It provides for a date certain to be inserted in the header of the clause that is 20 years from the date of award of the SBIR or STTR funding agreement (changed from the date of the last deliverable from the prior directive).[1]

Additional details are available via SBA’s SBIR Data Rights Course, as well as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Policy Directive, effective May 2, 2019.

Updated by Kristin Stiner, March 2020

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