Resources for Small Business Awardees

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 utilize the below resources. 

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Webinar Slides(pdf, 1683 KB)

Online Training and Resources

Opportunities to Meet Investors

Keep an eye on your inbox (be sure your eRA Commons email is up-to-date)! SEED and NINDS provide conference speaking slots to SBIR/STTR awardees. The goal is to facilitate investment and partnering opportunities. We've sponsored grantees to attend: BIO, RESI, AvaMed, LifeSciences Summit, and more. Companies selected for this type of NIH support may also receive business support from NINDS, such as assistance with Executive Summary development.

SBIR/STTR Diversity Supplement Program

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

  • PA-21-345 Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
  • NOT-OD-21-134 Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (Admin Supp)

Commercialization Programs

Be sure to read the announcement carefully for full and up-to-date eligibility details. Contact program staff with any questions about these programs.

Program Purpose Mechanism Amount Eligibility
Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Provides support for NIH-funded investigators to participate in an entrepreneurship training course.  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). Administrative supplement to existing NIH award (R01, P01, P41, R24, R41/42, R43/R44, U01, U44, UG3/UH3, UH2, UH3) ~ $30K direct Must have an active award
I-CorpsTM  Provides entrepreneurial training support under the I-CorpsTM at NIH Program. The I-Corps at NIH curriculum is designed to provide scientists from NIH SBIR/STTR funded companies with real-world, hands-on entrepreneurship training, facilitated by domain experts from the biotech sector. Administrative supplement to R41, R43, U44 ~ $55K total Must have an active Phase I SBIR or STTR award
TABA Needs Assessment A third party provides an unbiased assessment of a Phase I project in four technical and business areas that are critical to success in the competitive healthcare marketplace.  Apply for access to this no-cost resource N/A Applicants must have an active Phase I SBIR/STTR award OR be within two years of completion. *See website for additional details
NSF I-Corps
NSF 17-559
I-CorpsTM at NSF provides additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring, and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. 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.


NINDS Small Business Program Contact Information

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Emily Caporello, Ph.D. Director
Taryn Aubrecht, Ph.D. Program Director, Clinical and Research Tools
Annette Gilchrist, Ph.D. Program Director, Drug Development
Jessica Forbes, Ph.D. Health Program Specialist
Sara Sameni, Ph.D. Health Program Specialist
Sara Dauber, MBA Strategic Consultant