June 1, 2018

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs are committed to fostering and encouraging participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and socially/economically disadvantaged individuals. This pilot program provides free support for putting together an SBIR/STTR grant application to small businesses that have never won an SBIR/STTR award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a goal of increasing participation by, socially/economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDB), women-owned small business (WOSB), and small businesses located in under-represented states.


Welcome to the website for the Applicant Assistance Program - a pilot initiative sponsored by three Institutes: the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This pilot will be conducted in 2018 and is designed to assist small businesses with an interest in preparing and submitting a Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) application to one of these participating Institutes for the September 5, 2018 SBIR and STTR Omnibus grant funding opportunity. Please note that this service is NOT available to companies that plan to submit an application to NIH on April 5th, who have a current SBIR/STTR application under review, or wish support in preparation of a FAST TRACK application.

Learn more about the participating institutes on the Institutes page and apply for free assistance in preparing an application on the Apply page. Simply put, the goal of this pilot is to increase the number of socially/economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDB), women-owned small businesses (WOSB), and small businesses located in under-represented states* that submit high quality SBIR/STTR applications to the participating institutes and the number that win awards.

our services

The services are sponsored by the three participating Institutes and are FREE to the small business. During the pilot, services are provided at no charge to approximately 30 approved applicants across the three participating institutes. This is a wonderful opportunity for interested parties to learn how to prepare responsive applications to NIH.

Support options include:

  • • Needs Assessment/Small Business Mentoring
  • • Phase I Application Preparation Support
  • • Application Review
  • • Team/Facilities Development
  • • Market Research
  • • Intellectual Property Consultation

Para conocer el proceso de solicitud y los servicios provistos, consulte la navegación en la parte superior de esta página. Los servicios son patrocinados por los tres Institutos participantes y se proporcionan sin costo para la pequeña empresa. Durante los servicios piloto se brindan sin cargo a aproximadamente 30 solicitantes aprobados. Esta es una oportunidad maravillosa para que las partes interesadas aprendan a preparar aplicaciones receptivas para los NIH.

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*Under-represented states include: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming

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