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Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs


Applicant Resources

Business Development Resources

  • Entrepreneurial Finance for Biomedical Innovators
    This online self-paced video course is designed to present biomedical entrepreneurs with a detailed framework for building a step-wise, validated financial plan.
  • IP Awareness Assessment
    This tool, developed under the joint efforts of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology/Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST/MEP), allows you to assess your intellectual property awareness and generates customized training material based on the results.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP)
    MEP is a public-private partnership dedicated to serving small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers. With 51 MEP Centers located in in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its over 1,300 manufacturing experts at over 400 service locations, MEP centers tailor service to meet critical needs, ranging from process improvement and workforce development to specialized business practices, including supply chain integration, innovation, and technology transfer. Contact your Local MEP Center to learn how your small business can benefit from this program.
  • NSF I-Corps Site Directory
    The I-Corps program is an initiative developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that teaches researchers and innovators how to evaluate a technology or idea for the marketplace. NSF I-Corps Sites are administered through Universities nationwide and designed to educate researchers and technologists on entrepreneurial principles and practices and to give them hands-on experience in exploring potential real-world applications of their technologies.
  • NIH STRIDES Initiative
    Through the STRIDES Initiative, NIH and NIH-funded institutions have access to discounts and credits on cloud services and tools. Additionally, shared services—such as consultation, cloud training, initial program/project setup, and reporting—are offered and managed by the NIH STRIDES Initiative team.
    The nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors offering free, confidential business mentoring. SCORE is a nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)
    Nationwide network of 1,000 local centers offering free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training, on topics including business planning, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, technology development, international trade and much more. Services are available for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

NIH Commercialization Assistance Programs

For questions regarding commercialization assistance programs please contact Paige Anderson.

Programs for Academic Awardees

e-C3i Program

Designed for academic medical device innovators, this 10-week online entrepreneurial education course is part of the larger Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program. Teams are guided through a series of self-learning online modules focused on pressure-testing commercial viability of ideas using universal business criteria, as well as the unique requirements of medical device commercialization. Participants will also work with seasoned business advisors who provide insight into the learning objectives from their experiences in the medical device industry.

Full program description and eligibility requirements are available at the website.

Programs for eligible Phase I Awardees

I-Corps™ at NIH

During this 8-week course, companies receive specialized instruction and mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs from biotech industries sourced from the National Science Foundation's National Innovation Network.

Participants get "out of the lab" and gather information by conducting interviews (100+) with potential customers, strategic partners, and other third-party stakeholders to refine their:

  • Target Customer
  • Key Product
  • Market Needs

The program helps companies create new networks, establish partnerships and build commercialization plans that accurately address the needs of their target market.

Full program description and eligibility: PA-19-029

TABA Needs Assessment

NIH has contracted with Vikriti Management Consulting to provide companies with an assessment of key business development considerations critical to success:

  • Target Market Attractiveness
  • Technology and Market Needs
  • Regulatory/Clinical
  • Business Model Profitability
  • Reimbursement
  • Competitive Advantage and Intellectual Property
  • Market Access/Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • Management Team
  • Strategic Partners
  • Funding Status

The results are delivered as a report, identifying highest priority next steps in the commercial development of the company’s product or service.

Full program description and eligibility: NOT-OD-21-023

Programs for eligible Phase II Awardees

TABA Consulting Services Program launch coming soon.

Programs for eligible Phase I & II Awardees

Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program

This 24-week entrepreneurial training course is divided into two 12-week phases. Based on the Coulter Commercialization Process, it provides customized mentoring through weekly teleconferences, lectures, and coursework. It is designed to provide companies with the specialized business frameworks and essential tools for successful translation of biomedical technologies from the lab (concept) to the market (clinic).

Participants will develop a comprehensive set of core skills that will enable them to:

  • evaluate and validate a compelling unmet market need
  • assess and determine a viable business opportunity
  • build a compelling pitch presentation to secure support from potential investors and/or business partners.

Full program description and eligibility requirements are available at the website.

Database/Repository Resources

  • NIMH Data Archive (NDA)
    Provides infrastructure for sharing research data, tools, methods, and analyses enabling collaborative science and discovery. De-identified human subjects data, harmonized to a common standard, are available to qualified researchers.  Summary data are available to all.
  • NIMH Repository and Genomics Resource (NRGR)
    Biorepository specializes in offering the research community DNA, RNA, and cell lines from large collections of individuals with psychiatric illness and psychiatrically normal controls.
  • The BrainSpan Atlas
    Hailed as providing a “GPS for the brain,” a partnership among the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Yale University, the University of Southern California, and NIMH—has created a comprehensive 3-D brain blueprint.
  • NIH NeuroBioBank (NBB)
    National resource for investigators utilizing human post-mortem brain tissue and related biospecimens for their research to understand conditions of the nervous system.

Drug Development Resources

Other Resources