Helping Innovators Turn Discovery into Health

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For a small business with a brilliant new idea in the life sciences, a funding infusion can do wonders to help translate that concept into reality. Did you know that the NIH small business programs are the largest source of early-stage capital for the life sciences in the U.S.? These programs set aside over $1.2 billion non-dilutive funds every year — specifically to support small business research and development.

Digging Deeper Into Small Business Programs and Policies (SBIR/STTR)

Funding Details

Road to bringing your discovery to patients

Small Business Program Basics

Learn about program basics, how to determine eligibility, and guidance on grants policy.

Find Funding

NIH has different funding mechanisms - find an active list of SBIR and STTR Grant FOAs, understand SBIR contracts, and learn about the specific research areas at each Institute and Center.

How to Apply

Find step-by-step instructions on how to apply for SBIR and STTR grants, along with who to speak with for guidance at each step.

Prepare Your Application

Ready to apply to an SBIR or STTR funding opportunity? Find guidance, resources for first-time applicants, and all the necessary forms in one convenient location.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


Let’s Get Started.

To apply or join the program, please submit an application.