NCATS offers an array of funding programs and in-kind support services designed to help researchers translate basic scientific knowledge into interventions that improve human health. Learn more about all the ways that collaborators can access NCATS to advance translational science.
Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)
The majority of NCATS awards are for applications sent in response to targeted FOAs. NCATS develops FOAs with an aim to stimulate translational research in areas of greatest need and for identified gaps in diagnostics and therapy development. View open opportunities.
Small Business Grants & Contracts
NCATS’ small business programs, including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), help entrepreneurs develop and commercialize new translational technologies through grant and contract awards. NCATS supports further development of pre-clinical and clinical tools, instruments, devices and related methodologies that may have broad application to translational research.
NCATS encourages partnerships across all scientific disciplines and research sectors, including with investigators from NIH, universities and medical centers, other federal agencies, small businesses and industry, and patient groups and advocacy organizations. To learn how to apply to or collaborate with Center programs, select the program of interest from the NCATS Programs & Initiatives page.
Licensing, Technology Transfer & Patents
The dedicated strategic alliances team at NCATS makes it easy for industry and academia to interact and partner with Center laboratories and scientists. The Center’s support for technology development and partnership includes day-to-day negotiations of transactional agreements between NCATS and outside parties, including universities, pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology companies.
Expertise & Resources
NCATS staff are experts in many different fields relevant to translational research and science policy, from small molecules to human subjects protections. The Center offers a variety of pre-clinical and clinical tools as well as resources for patient/community engagement and health information.
Scientific Conference Support
Investigators may apply for NIH-funded scientific conference grants to support high-quality, national and internal meetings that are relevant to public health and the NCATS mission. Apply for support for a scientific conference.