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Small Business Resources

Small Business Resources

Small businesses considering SBIR and STTR funding may find the following information and resources helpful.

Resources from NCATS


2017: Support for Biotech Entrepreneurs and Researchers
This Nov. 14, 2017, webinar includes information about funding and resources for researchers and entrepreneurs focused on advancing translational research and technologies that will improve disease prevention, detection and treatment. Webinar collaborators include: Life Science Washington, New Mexico Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Oregon Bioscience Association and Montana BioScience Alliance.

2016: Support for Women Entrepreneurs and Researchers in Biotech Webinar
This July 14, 2016, webinar hosted by NCATS, NCI, NINDS and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) includes information about funding opportunities and resources to support biotechnology and health care small businesses, including those owned by women and individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Webinar audio begins at 0:13.

2016: NCATS Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Biotech and Healthcare Webinar
This March 2, 2016, webinar co-hosted by NCATS, NHLBI, NCI and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) includes information about programs and funding opportunities available to support women-owned small businesses and women in research and technology transfer organizations.

2015: NCATS Small Business Funding Opportunities Webinar
This June 11, 2015, webinar includes information about small business funding and technology transfer opportunities, an example of a NCATS funded company, the 2015 Omnibus Solicitation, and other NCATS and NIH resources and support.

2014: NCATS Small Business Support Webinar
This Oct. 27, 2014, webinar co-hosted by NCATS, NIH and the Biotechnology Industry Organization provides more information about the SBIR and STTR programs, their structure and the application process. The webinar also covers information about the Center’s SBIR and STTR funding opportunities.

Other NCATS Resources

Application Resources from NIH

Additional Resources

  • 2017 Resource Guide for Small Businesses (PDF - 3MB)
    This guide from the Small Business Administration provides helpful guidance for interested small businesses.
  • Premarket Submission Information
    The Food and Drug Administration (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 facilitates the development of innovative products and shortens the time it takes to bring these products to patients.

Tips for Women-Owned and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Businesses

Through its SBIR/STTR programs, NCATS supports both women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs and researchers from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Businesses can self-certify during the application process if they meet the criteria for one or both of the categories below.

Certification information is encouraged but not required. It is used for federal tracking purposes only to help NCATS and other NIH Institutes and Centers gain a better understanding of applicant demographics during specific funding opportunity cycles.

What Is a Women-Owned Small Business?

  • A women-owned business must be a minimum of 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women and primarily managed by one or more women who are U.S. citizens.
  • A business is classified “small” in its primary industry in accordance with the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards for that industry.
  • Small business applicants must self-certify on the SF424 (R&R) Form.

What Is a Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Business?

  • A socially and economically disadvantaged business must be a minimum of 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more disadvantaged people.
  • The disadvantaged person or people must be both socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged.
  • The business is classified “small” in its primary industry in accordance with the SBA size standards for that industry.
  • Applicants must self-certify by registering in the System for Award Management.

Federal and State Support for Awardees 

Small businesses may have access to state and federal support after receiving an NCATS SBIR/STTR award. Read more to find some current funding and technical assistance resources available from other federal agencies and state organizations.