Receipt Dates: May 27, 2016
The Innovative Molecular Analysis Technology Development for Cancer Research and Clinical Care (SBIR-IMAT) solicitation is a companion SBIR funding opportunity announcement to the NCI Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies (IMAT) Program aimed at the inception, development, integration, and application of novel and emerging technologies in support of cancer research, treatment, diagnosis, and prevention.
While the IMAT Program utilizes the R21/R33 funding mechanisms to accomplish these goals, this funding opportunity utilizes the R43/R44 SBIR funding mechanisms. This companion SBIR funding opportunity announcement provides a mechanism for small businesses to obtain funding for the development of IMAT-like projects with a focus on commercialization. While the IMAT program provides academic institutions with the opportunity for pursuing technology development in basic science, SBIR-IMAT provides small businesses the opportunity to focus on technologies geared towards commercialization and ultimate use by the cancer research community.
Applications should specify milestones relevant to both the development and commercialization of these technologies. In the context of this solicitation, the term “technologies” encompasses novel techniques, materials, instrumentation, and devices that offer significant improvements in terms of novel types of cancer-relevant analyses, and/or greater resolution, specificity, and/or throughput relative to the currently available methods/tools. Highly-innovative platforms for sample preparation and/or processing, and for improved downstream analysis are also within the scope of this FOA.
Companies with an emphasis on molecular analysis technologies to improve cancer prevention, detection and diagnosis, surveillance, epidemiological research, and basic cancer research are encouraged to apply. Applications must demonstrate rationale pointing to the commercial potential of the technology to be developed. Although prior participation in the IMAT Program is not required for this FOA, technologies proposed for this SBIR-IMAT FOA are expected to exhibit a high degree of innovation with transformative potential, or otherwise demonstrate clear advantages over currently available technologies.
Technology areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Technologies that are generally not appropriate for this FOA include the following:
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