Small Business Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of small business projects does NCATS support?

NCATS works to increase small business participation in federally supported research and development as well as in private-sector commercialization of technology through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and other programs. Through these efforts, the Center supports the development of clinical technology, instruments, devices and related methodologies that may have broad application to translational research and better patient care. Review NCATS' SBIR & STTR research priorities.

How does NCATS support small businesses?

NCATS offers small business funding opportunities and access to resources to support commercialization strategies through three different mechanisms:

  • Grants
  • Contracts
  • Technical assistance programs

Find open small business funding opportunities.

My business might be a good candidate for NCATS support — what should I do next?

NCATS supports research and development for a range of technologies, instruments, devices and related methodologies. To find out if your small business is the right fit for NCATS support:

I have more questions — where can I get answers?

If you have more questions about NCATS' SBIR and STTR programs, contact the Center's small business team for assistance.

For general questions about SBIR and STTR at NIH, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page on the NIH SBIR & STTR website.