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Applicant Assistance Program (AAP)

SBIR/STTR Applicant Assistance Program

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Application deadline: Thursday, May 30, 5PM Eastern time (no late applications will be accepted)


* Online Program Q&A Session on May 21, 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. Register Today!


The National Cancer Institute's Applicant Assistance Program (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 asssessment/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



AAP is open to current and future entrepreneurs developing innovative cancer technology idea.

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. In 2019, NCI is the only participating institute. Therefore, the research area of interest must align with the mission of NCI


You can find details about AAP and SBIR/STTR eligibility in the archived webinar slide deck


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

Updated: April 18, 2019