NBDP will carry out primary research in order to facilitate GoP in developing evidence-based policies for SME development in the country, identify demand-based programs and products for SME facilitation and identification of potential areas for innovation, value addition and investment mobilization. NBDP will engage researchers from academia and private sectors to carry out research and develop publications in line with the need assessment carried out for this purpose. The academia / private sector may come up with proposed research areas for which funding would be provided after due consideration.

It is estimated that for this component, 23 quality business research papers / publications will be facilitated / developed during the tenure of the project.