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DAB-Supported Small Business Grants

The DAB Office of the Division Director also supports small business grants for research and development of new diagnostic tools, methods, biomarkers, therapeutics, imaging devices, and technologies to monitor, diagnose, predict, prevent, treat, and further the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of aging or age-related physiological or functional deficits, diseases, or geriatric syndromes. This program includes development and validation of innovative tools, resources, or methodologies that promote the efficient, cost-effective, and high-quality collection, analysis, or interpretation of aging-related quantitative or qualitative data. Special areas of emphasis include:

  • Tools, technologies, and analytic methods to address health disparities among older adults.
  • Bioinformatics tools, screening platforms, sampling, and clinical instruments to enhance the study of aging, cellular resiliencies, and aging-related diseases.
  • Technology development for imaging modalities, visualization tools and sensors as applies to aging.
  • Biomarkers and diagnostic tools for the measurement of rates of aging.
  • Companion diagnostics and other forms of personalized medicine.
  • Bioinformatics and/or data science technologies/methods to better understand and predict health outcomes (e.g., machine learning, artificial intelligence).
  • Novel cell and gene therapies, as well as other novel therapeutic approaches to ameliorate physiological and functional deficits of aging.
  • Prevention and therapeutics that directly target mechanisms related to aging biology.

Learn more about NIA’s Small Business Research Priorities.

DAB staff contacts: Leonid Tsap and Jennifer Fox

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