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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a center within the Office of the Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are NCI's engine of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. NCI’s mission is to lead, conduct, and support cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people to live longer, healthier lives. NCI’s scope of work spans a broad spectrum of cancer research across a variety of disciplines and supports research training opportunities at career stages across the academic continuum.

Small businesses are a national resource for technological innovation and a mainstay of the economy. The SBIR & STTR Programs were created by Congress to strengthen the role of small, innovative companies in federally supported research and development.

The goals of the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs are:

  1. Stimulate technological innovation
  2. Increase private-sector commercialization of federal research and development
  3. Increase small business participation in federally funded research and development
  4. Foster participation by minority and disadvantaged companies in technological innovation
Updated Date: 
January 26, 2018