NIH Applicant Assistance Program for Small Businesses
NIA is one of the eight NIH Institutes participating in the NIH Applicant Assistance Program (AAP), a 10-week coaching program designed to assist small businesses in preparing a Phase I application for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Through AAP, companies can receive the following at no cost:
- Needs assessment/mentoring
- Assistance with required registrations
- Application preparation support
- Application review
AAP is designed to help increase the number of successful applications from underrepresented small businesses, especially women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged companies.
Learn more about AAP on the Inside NIA blog.
The program is offered once per funding period, roughly 3 months before standard due dates. The next application cycle will open in spring 2021.
- Application portal opens: April 26, 2021
- Outreach webinar: May 4, 2021, 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET
- Q&A office hour: May 12, 2021, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET
- Application deadline: May 20, 2021, 5:00 p.m. ET
AAP is open to current and future small businesses and entrepreneurs developing innovative technology ideas for health care. Eligible AAP applicants have never received a small business grant award from NIH or received an award prior to 2010. Applicants must be planning to apply for a Phase I SBIR (R43) or STTR (R41) grant. Direct-to-Phase II and Fast-Track applicants are not eligible for AAP.
Companies interested in submitting an application for NIA SBIR/STTR funding following participation in AAP should have ideas aligned with NIA’s research topics. Participating small businesses are still required to put together their SBIR/STTR application and required documentation. Review examples of successful applications from funded companies.