Robert Rozansky is a senior policy analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He focuses on clean energy innovation. He was previously at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, where he conducted policy research and analysis for the White House and federal agencies. Prior to that, he worked at an international nuclear fusion collaboration on a Fulbright scholarship to France. He holds a master’s degree in physics from Aix-Marseille University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Brown University.
To realize their full potential, small start-up companies must cross the so-called “valley of death”—that precarious stage when their technologies are not yet perfected, investors are still skittish, and customers are scarce. There is a federal program devoted to helping them make this passage: the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.