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View the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Phase IIB Bridge Award: RFA-CA-15-010
Note the new eligibility rules: Both SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees from other Federal agencies are now welcome to apply.
The NCI SBIR Development Center hosted a special informational webinar on the Phase IIB Bridge Award Program. Download slides and an audio recording from this webinar through our SBIR Presentations page.
Hear more about the Phase IIB Bridge Award from NCI SBIR Program Director & Team Leader, Dr. Andy Kurtz
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has developed an innovative funding opportunity called the SBIR Phase IIB Bridge Award to support the next stage of development for NIH-funded SBIR Phase II projects in the areas of cancer therapeutics, imaging technologies, interventional devices, diagnostics, and prognostics. The purpose of this award is to address the funding gap known as the "Valley of Death" between the end of the SBIR Phase II award and the subsequent round of financing needed to advance a product or service toward commercialization. To achieve this goal, the Bridge Award funding opportunity is specifically designed to incentivize partnerships between NIH's SBIR Phase II awardees and third-party investors and/or strategic partners.
Budgets up to $1 million in total costs per year and project periods up to three years (a total of $3 million over three years) may be requested from NCI. Development efforts must address one of the following technical/scientific areas:
NCI intends to commit $10M for up to 10 new awards in FY2015.
Competitive preference and funding priority is given to applications deemed likely to result in a commercial product, as indicated by the applicant's ability to secure substantial independent third-party investor funds (i.e. third-party funds that equal or exceed the requested NCI funds). Examples of third-party investors include drug or device manufacturers, angel investors, venture capital investors, state investment funds, foundations, and universities. Applicants must provide a commercialization plan that describes the long-term commercialization strategy and details on any independent third-party investor funding that has already been secured or will be provided during the Bridge Award project period.
An SBIR Phase IIB Bridge Award application must represent a continuation of the R&D efforts performed under a previously funded NIH SBIR or STTR Phase II award nearing completion or recently ended.
*NOTE: Applicants who intend to submit a Phase IIB Bridge Award application that is predicated on a Phase II contract MUST contact the SBIR Development Center prior to submission, so that the NCI can properly arrange for such applications to be accepted.
See the NCI SBIR Bridge Award Success Stories to learn about all current Bridge Awardees and the cancer technologies they are developing.