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Am I eligible to receive NIA Small Business funding?

Find out below if you’re eligible to apply for NIA small business innovation research or small business technology transfer research (SBIR/STTR) funding.

Is my business a U.S. concern?

To qualify for NIH small business funds, businesses must be located in the United States, operate primarily within the United States, or make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor.

Is my business a for-profit company?

Applicant concerns must be for-profit entities.

Is my business legally incorporated?

Eligible businesses must be in the legal form of an individual proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, joint venture, association, trust or cooperative, except that where the form is a joint venture, there must be less than 50 percent participation by foreign business entities in the joint venture.

Is my business wholly owned by eligible entities?

To qualify for SBIR and STTR grants, businesses must be a concern which is more than 50% directly owned and controlled by one or more individuals (who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States), other business concerns (each of which is more than 50% directly owned and controlled by individuals who are citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States), or any combination of these.

To apply for SBIR funds, the business must be a concern which is more than 50% owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, or any combination of these. No single venture capital operating company, hedge fund, or private equity firm may own more than 50% of the concern.

If an Employee Stock Ownership Plan owns all or part of the concern, each stock trustee and plan member is considered an owner. If a trust owns all or part of the concern, each trustee and trust beneficiary is considered an owner.

Am I a representative or owner of a small business?

For the purposes of NIH SBIR/STTR funding, small businesses (and their affiliates) have 500 or fewer employees. If that’s you—you may be eligible.

Is my idea appropriate for NIA Small Business?

If your idea translates research on aging or Alzheimer’s disease, and/or the problems and needs of older Americans into innovative programs, systems, networks, products or services, it is!

Where can I learn more about the application process?

Learn more about NIA Small Business Programs and NIA’s research priorities by visiting

To learn more about the process of applying for small business grants from the NIH, visit

Who should I contact to see if my idea aligns with NIA research priorities?

To find out if your idea or product is a good fit for NIA, contact NIA Small Business Director Dr. Michael-David Kerns. In describing your product or idea, please include the following information:

  • The technology prototype to be developed;
  • The technical innovation the development would represent & technical challenges to overcome;
  • The specific aims;
  • The value proposition & competition;
  • The relevance of the R & D to NIA’s mission.

Return to the NIA Small Business Main Page.