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The National Cancer Institute is committed to dramatically lessening the impact of cancer. 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.

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: July 1, 2015