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NCI SBIR/STTR Small Business Funding

Researcher-initiated projects that are within the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) mission can receive small business funding, resources, and support from the NCI Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Funding is primarily awarded through either a grant or a contract, though supplemental awards are also available. Grants are investigator-initiated, whereas contracts are defined by NIH. Grant submissions are accepted three times per year, except for targeted solicitations, which have variable receipt dates. Contract submissions are accepted only once per year and focus on NCI priority areas. Contracts are awarded to projects that have a strong potential for commercial success, and development progresses with significant oversight from NCI.