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Applicant Assistance Program

Applicant Assistance Program

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AAP is aimed at helping small businesses apply for Phase I SBIR/STTR funding. Selected small businesses can participate in the program at no cost. Through AAP, companies can receive:

  • Needs assessment/small business mentoring
  • Phase I application preparation support
  • Application review

AAP provides support and guidance. Please note it will still be the responsibility of the participating small businesses to put together an application and required documentation while participating and after completing the AAP. More information about the program is available in the archived AAP webinar slide deck or archived webinar recording



AAP is open to current and future entrepreneurs developing innovative technology ideas in the healthcare space.

One of the goals of the AAP is to increase participation in the SBIR program by businesses that are owned or controlled by individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. Therefore, NIH is particularly interested in applications from socially/economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDB), women-owned small business (WOSB), and small businesses located in under-represented states. Responsive entrepreneurs should have technologies aligned with the with research topics from one of the participating ICs. See below for the list of participating ICs and the points of contact:


Learn more about the program in the archived AAP webinar slide deck or archived webinar recording.


For more information about the program, please contact NCI SBIR Program Director Patti Weber ( or Kory Hallett (

Updated Date: 
January 20, 2022