Small Business Resources: Awardee Resources
The following resources may be helpful to small businesses who have been awarded SBIR-STTR funding.
Find additional funding and technical assistance for awardees.
NIH Programs for SBIR and STTR Awardees
- I-Corps™ at NIH: This program is designed to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds on biomedical research to help Phase I SBIR and STTR awardees create technologies, products and services that benefit society.
- Technical and Business Assistance: Part of NIH’s Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Program, the TABA Needs Assessment Report provides a third-party, unbiased assessment of a Phase I awardee’s project progress in ten technical and business areas that are critical to success in the competitive healthcare marketplace. In addition to suggesting the highest priority steps participants can take to improve the commercial potential of a product or service, the no-cost report provides a strong foundation for Phase II funding applications. You can view the SEED webinar and find informational slides on the NIH SBIR/STTR Engage & Connect page. The TABA Needs Assessment Report Program is not accepting applications at this time. Thank you for your interest.
- Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP): This NIH program helps Phase II SBIR and STTR awardees accomplish key commercialization milestones through mentoring, training and access to industry experts.
- Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: This NIH program helps Phase II SBIR and STTR awardees move their projects to the commercialization stage by providing additional support for technical assistance.
Federal and State Support for Awardees
Small businesses may have access to state and federal support after receiving an NCATS SBIR/STTR award. Following are some current funding and technical assistance resources available from other federal agencies and state organizations.
Federal Resources for Small Businesses
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Small Business & Industry Assistance (SBIA)
The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Small Business & Industry Assistance (SBIA) provides information about:
- Drug development
- New drug applications/biologic license applications
- Generic drug review
- Over-the-counter drug review
- Biosimilars, rare disease and orphan drugs
- Drug safety
- Post-marketing activities
- Compliance and other activities
CDER also provides webinars, podcasts and learning tutorials, as well as CDER SBIA Learn, which offers multimedia resources with information for small pharmaceutical businesses.
The FDA and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have established a pilot program for concurrent review of certain FDA premarket review submissions for medical devices and CMS national coverage determinations. Reducing the interval between FDA marketing approval and Medicare coverage helps the development of innovative products and shortens the time it takes to bring these products to patients.
United States Patent and Trademark Office: Inventor and Entrepreneur Resources
The United States Patent and Trademark Office provides resources — including webinars — for inventors and entrepreneurs on patents, trademarks, scam prevention, pro bono help and events around the country. Its Inventors Assistance Center provides patent information and services to the public.
CMS: Small Entity Compliance Guides
CMS provides Small Entity Compliance Guides and other information throughout its website, as well as brochures and web-based training classes to educate providers and suppliers.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
This guide from the SBA provides helpful guidance for interested small businesses.
State Resources for Small Businesses
Some state-based organizations offer matching grant programs for SBIR and STTR awardees to help them reach the commercialization stage:
- Florida: The Florida High Tech Corridor Council offers matching grants for Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees. The award sizes range from $10,000 to as high as $150,000 and require the company to provide $3 to every $1 of the council award.
- Hawaii: The Hawaii SBIR/STTR Matching Grant program offers Hawaii companies up to 50 percent of Phase I and up to $500,000 for Phase II SBIR/STTR awards.
- Iowa: The Iowa Innovation Corporation offers up to $25,000 for SBIR/STTR Phase I proposals.
- Kentucky: The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program provides matching funds up to $150,000 for Phase I and up to $500,000 for Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees.
- Maine: Maine provides SBIR Phase I and Phase II awardees with matching funds up to $50,000.
- Massachusetts (life sciences): MassRamp provides supplemental funding grants in the range of $75,000 to $300,000 to Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees. The funds may be used to support activities not covered by a federal grant, additional funding if federal funding is not sufficient to complete the project, or to expand the scope if it is using the same technology.
- Michigan: The Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund will match Phase I SBIR/STTR awards up to $25,000 and Phase II SBIR/STTR awards up to $125,000.
- Montana: The Montana SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program provides supplemental funding for SBIR/STTR awardees, up to $60,000 per application.
- Nebraska: Nebraska offers Phase I and Phase II matching grants to awardees up to $100,000 or 65 percent of the federal SBIR/STTR grant, whichever is the lower amount.
- North Carolina: One North Carolina Small Business Program’s Phase I Matching Funds Program provides matching funds for Phase I SBIR/ STTR awardees up to 50 percent of the SBIR/STTR award, not to exceed $65,000.
- Rhode Island: The Innovate Rhode Island Small Business Fund provides matching grants of up to $45,000 to Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees and up to $100,000 to Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees.
- South Carolina: The South Carolina Research Authority SBIR/STTR Phase I Matching Grant Program offers matching funds to South Carolina-based Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees up to 100% of the federal SBIR/STTR program award amount, not to exceed $50,000.
- Tennessee: The SBIR/STTR Matching Fund program is a strategic initiative to advance the commercialization of innovations across the state.
- Virginia: The Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation has a matching funds program for recent SBIR/r STTR Phase I or II awardees. Applicants may seek up to $50,000 to be used to fill gaps not supported by the federal award.
- Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Economic Development Council offers matching grants for Phase I SBIR/STTR awardees up to $75,000 or 50 percent of Phase I SBIR/STTR awards. It also offers Phase II matching grants up to $75,000 per year for up to two years for Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees.
Disclaimer: Information may change throughout the year and may not be reflected in this list. Please check the full program descriptions linked above for comprehensive and current information about eligibility and deadlines.