The National Cancer Institute (NCI) leads, conducts, and supports cancer research across the nation to advance scientific knowledge and help all people live longer, healthier lives. 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: