Entrepreneurial Resources

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.

Entrepreneurial Training

Program Sponsor Purpose Website/Program Link Mechanism Amount Eligibility 



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

(Due date: July 1, 2019)

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

~ $30K direct

Must have an active award



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-19-029 (current round closes January 28, 2019)

Administrative supplement to R41/R42 or R43/R44

~ $50K total

Must have an active SBIR or STTR award



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 



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.


NOT-OD-19-012 (Open October 5, 2018, first come, first serve)

Free access to resources


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



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.


(Due date: August 16, 2018)

See NOT-OD-18-213 for more information.

Free access to resources


Have had an HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II award in the last 5 fiscal years.

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.


Be aware there are funds available for administrative supplements to recruit and support high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate/post-master’s degree holders, and post-doctoral candidates that increase diversity in the research workforce. In all cases, the proposed research experience must be an integral part of the approved, ongoing research of the parent award, and it must have the potential to contribute significantly to the research career development of the candidate. Supplement requests are considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the start date of the diversity candidate. Get more information on training-related supplements

NEW!!! PA-18-837 Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • PA-18-592 Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)

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Stephanie Fertig, M.B.A.
Director Small Business Programs 301-496-1779 

Emily Caporello, Ph.D.
Program Manager

Natalie Trzcinski, Ph.D.
Health Program Specialist