Entrepreneurial Resources

The NINDS SBIR/ STTR program is committed to offering potential applicants and current awardees the resources to be successful in commercializing their technology. 

We encourage current and potential awardees to visit:

Below you will find a table of commercialization resources. Be sure to read the announcement carefully for full and up-to-date eligibility details. Contact program staff with any questions about these programs.

Phase 0 Programs

Program Sponsor Purpose Website/Program Link Mechanism Amount Eligibility 

REACH

NIH

The NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH) program supports proof-of-concept centers (Hubs) that facilitate and accelerate the translation of biomedical innovations into commercial products that improve patient care and enhance health.

 REACH website

Funding for product definition studies (e.g. feasibility studies, prototype development, or proof-of-concept studies) are available at the funded Hubs. In addition, Hubs provide regulatory and commercialization resources to projects. 

Varies by Hub

Project must originate within either : Long Island Bioscience Hub,
The University of Louisville , or
The University of Minnesota

Entrepreneurial Training

Program Sponsor Purpose Website/Program Link Mechanism Amount Eligibility 

C3i

NIH

Provides support for NIH-funded investigators to participate in an entrepreneurship training course, the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program.  The C3i Program is designed to provide medical device innovators with the specialized business frameworks and essential tools for successful translation of biomedical technologies from the lab (concept) to the market (clinic).

C3i program

PA-17-286 (Due date: June 30, 2017)

Administrative supplement to existing NIH award (R01, P01, P41, R24, R41/42, U01, U44, UG3/UH3, UH2, UH3)

~ $20K direct

Must have an active award

I-CorpsTM

NIH

Provides support entrepreneurial training under the I-CorpsTM at NIH Program. The I-Corps at NIH curriculum is designed to provide scientists from NIH SBIR funded companies with real-world, hands-on entrepreneurship training, facilitated by domain experts from the biotech sector.

 NIH I-Corps

PA-18-314 (due date December 18, 2017)

Administrative supplement to R41/R42 or R43/R44

~ $50K total

Must have an active SBIR or STTR award

I-CorpsTM

NSF

Provides additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

NSF I-Corps

NSF 17-559

Grant award

~ $50K total

Applicants must have received a prior award from NSF that is currently active or that has been active within 5 years from the date of the I-Corps Teams proposal submission.


Technical Assistance

Program Sponsor Purpose Website/Program Link Mechanism Amount Eligibility 

NAP

NIH

Provides active Phase I awardees with market research, and consumer and competition analysis. Topics include: new applications for the SBIR/STTR developed technology; needs and concerns of the end-user and new markets for possible entry.

https://sbir.nih.gov/nap

NOT-OD-17-128 (Open October 4, 2017, first come, first serve)

Free access to resources

NA

Must have an active HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I award.

CAP

NIH

Trains Phase II awardees on how to be market ready. Topics include: tailored market entry strategies; strategic partnerships; FDA regulatory requirements; financing strategies; investor pitches and intellectual property matters.

https://sbir.nih.gov/cap

(Due date: August 24, 2017)

See NOT-OD-17-097 for more information.

Free access to resources

NA

Must have an active HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II award.

Investor Opportunities

Keep an eye on your inbox (be sure your eRA Commons email is up-to-date)! NINDS facilitates investment and partnering opportunities by providing speaking slots to SBIR/STTR awardees across the country. Some conferences we’ve assisted in grantees attending include: BIO, RESI, AvaMed, and LifeSciences Summit.

Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the Division of Translational Research Listserv for more updates and follow us on Twitter!

Contact

Stephanie Fertig, M.B.A.
Research Project Manager, Small Business Programs 301-496-1779 
fertigs@ninds.nih.gov

Shalini Sharma, MSB
Health Program Specialist
shalini.sharma@nih.gov

Natalie Trzcinski, Ph.D.
Health Program Specialist
natalie.trzcinski@nih.gov