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Underrepresented Small Businesses

The fourth mission of SBIR/STTR Program is to foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and socially or economically disadvantaged persons. Applicants can self-identify during the application process, and the information is used for tracking purposes only. 

Find out if your small business meets the definition of Women Owned Small Business and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged small Business. NIH encourages applicants to check the appropriate boxes consistently on the applications, as it will help with keeping accurate records and coordinate future outreach targeted for underrepresented groups.

WOSB

Women Owned Small Business

  • A firm must be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women (who must be US citizens).
  • The firm must be "small" in its primary industry in accordance with the Small Business Administration (SBA)'s size standards for that industry.
  • Small businesses self-certify on the SF424 (R&R) Form.

SDB

Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Business

  • The firm must be 51% or more owned and control by one or more disadvantaged persons.
  • The disadvantaged person or persons must be socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged.
  • The firm must be small, according to SBA's size standards.
  • Small businesses must self-certify by registering in the System for Award Management.

IDeA States

States that are eligible to receive Institutional Development Award

The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting basic, clinical, and translational research; faculty development; and infrastructure improvements.

 

List of IDeA States:

 

Alaska

Maine

Oklahoma

Arkansas

Mississippi

Rhode Island

Delaware

Montana

South Carolina

Hawaii

Nebraska

South Dakota

Idaho

Nevada

Vermont

Kansas

New Hampshire

West Virginia

Kentucky

New Mexico

Wyoming

Louisiana

North Dakota

Puerto Rico