3-C Institute for Social Development receives SBA Tibbetts Award

Cary-Based 3-C Institute for Social Development Recognized for Exceptional Innovation

Tibbetts Awards honor projects that bring federal R&D from the lab to the market

Cary, NC— 3-C Institute for Social Development (3-C ISD) today announced that it has received a Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for its evidence-based mental health programs.  SBA presents the awards to companies and individuals that exemplify the best in the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program and have significantly advanced technological innovation and economic growth.

“Although 3-C ISD is a relatively young company, just coming on its 10-year anniversary, we have been extraordinarily successful in applying for and receiving SBIR funds from multiple federal agencies,” said Melissa DeRosier, president and founder of 3-C ISD.  “Over 70% of the SBIR projects we’ve submitted have been funded, the majority of which were funded on the first round of reviews.”

3-C ISD’s Tibbetts Award recognizes the company’s efforts to create and deliver engaging, evidence-based products that promote positive social, emotional, and mental health.  The company has increasingly employed online technologies to reach broader audiences, provide training and information to mental health professionals, and support high quality implementation and sustainability of evidence-based interventions.  3-C ISD was the only mental health company to receive a Tibbetts Award.

“I am immensely proud that 3-C ISD will represent the Research Triangle among the Tibbetts Award winners,” Rep. David Price said.  “The success of Dr. DeRosier and her team underscores the value of federal investments in innovative research.  The SBIR program creates jobs by helping small businesses develop and bring high-tech products to market.”

“We would not exist were it not for the SBIR Program,” added DeRosier.  “Because of our SBIR success, 3-C ISD has grown from a one-person shop to a staff of 40 and has launched two related companies.”

DeRosier accepted the award at a ceremony this morning in Washington, DC. Afterward, she met with SBA Administrator, Karen Mills, and attended a reception at the White House.

“This is a proud day not only for 3-C ISD, but also for the city of Cary,” said Sean Greene, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Senior Adviser for Innovation. “Companies like 3-C ISD represent the best in American ingenuity.”

Founded in 2001, Cary-based 3-C Institute for Social Development is a research and development company that creates and delivers evidence-based products that promote positive social, emotional, and mental health.  3-C ISD is committed to developing tools and services that are not only supported by rigorous research, but are disseminated in a way that ensures direct benefits for children and families.

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