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NCATS SBIR Announces Funding For Biotechs and Small Business Technology Development

September 25, 2014
The NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is seeking qualified applicants for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. NCATS, which offers $17.6 million annually through these programs, has issued a call for applications for two funding opportunities:

  1. Contract funding to support small businesses and venture-backed technology development, due Nov. 5, 2014.

  2. Investigator-initiated grant funding,due Dec. 5, 2014.


NCATS’ SBIR and STTR programs are engines of innovation for developing and commercializing innovative tools, technologies and drug intervention platforms to support the creation of novel therapeutics or diagnostics, especially for rare and neglected diseases. These government set-aside initiatives are designed to help domestic small businesses engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit.

Program features and benefits include:

  • Intellectual property rights are retained by the small business.

  • Funding is not a loan; rather, it is non-dilutive capital.

  • Resources can be a great way for grantees to attract other funding.

  • Expanded eligibility now offers an opportunity for firms that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds and private equity firms to apply.


NCATS is interested in supporting the following types of technology development:

  • Drug discovery and development

  • Platform technologies

  • Informatics

  • Clinical research tools

  • CRISPR/CAS genome-editing tools

  • Assay development for high-throughput screening of chemicals of toxicological concern

  • Simple and robust reaction progress analyzers

  • Online real time metals analysis at low ppm


For more information about NCATS, its SBIR and STTR programs and upcoming funding opportunities, visit NCATS’ Small Business Opportunities page. If you have general questions about the NCATS SBIR and STTR programs and areas of interest, or would like to discuss a project concept, please contact the NCATS Office of Strategic Alliances.