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Small Business Applicant Assistance Program

Submission Portal opens Thursday, April 25, 2024

Submission Portal closes: Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET



The Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) helps small businesses apply for Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (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, but participating small businesses are responsible for putting together their application and required documentation. More information about the program is available in the archived webinar recording.

Submit your application on the Application Portal



AAP is open to current and future entrepreneurs developing innovative technology ideas in the healthcare space. One of AAP’s goals is to increase SBIR program participation of individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences and own or control businesses. Therefore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is particularly interested in applications from socially/economically disadvantaged small businesses, women-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in under-represented states. Entrepreneurs should have technologies that align with the research topics of one of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). See below for the list of participating ICs and their points of contact:

Organization Contact

National Cancer Institute

Patti Weber

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Yasamin Moghadam

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Taryn Aubrecht

National Institute of Aging

Chelsea Dinneny

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Meena Rajagopol

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Lingamanaidu (Ravi) V. Ravichandran

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Roger Miller

National Institute of Nursing Research

Augie Diana

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Clara Cheng

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Megan Ryan

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