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Small Business Activities in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research

This page provides an overview of small business activities supported in BSR. For additional information about NIA's small business program, please visit NIA's page on Small Business Innovation Research, the SBIR and STTR Omnibus Solicitation (PDF, 1.5M) and the Grants.Gov SBIR information page.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grants

The SBIR and STTR programs seek to increase the participation of small businesses in Federal R&D and to increase private sector commercialization of technology developed through Federal R&D.

The NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research is interested in SBIR/STTR applications that include:

  1. The development and translation of behavioral economics approaches (incentives or disincentives) to motivate sustainable behavior change to improve health and well-being;
  2. The development of robotics applications to aid elderly;
  3. Genetics and Genome Wide Association Approaches;
  4. The development of applications for smartphones to track exercise, sleep, time use, and health status to identify, track, and monitor psychological and physical health measures that are HIPPA-sensitive for healthcare practitioners as well as for data collection in clinical trials and surveys;
  5. The development of cognitive training applications/intervention to improve cognitive function in elderly;
  6. Social, behavioral, environmental and/or technical interventions on the individual, institutional, family, community or national level intended to maintain older adult independence or functioning, increase well-being, and prevent disease and/or disability;
  7. New sampling and data collection methodologies for use in large population-based household surveys and behavioral interventions of relevance to aging;
  8. Survey development/archiving/database support; and
  9. Developing risk reduction programs (also referred to as health promotion, health management, demand management, and disease prevention programs) among those aged 45-64 within the private sector or health.

BSR SBIR/STTR Program Director

Dana Plude, Ph.D.

Program Contacts

For Population and Social Processes applications, contact: Prisca N. Fall, M.A.

For Individual Behavioral Processes applications, contact: Laura Major, MPH