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Resources for Small Business Awardees

NIA small business funding is more than money—it also provides access to data, animal models, laboratory testing support, and training in entrepreneurship and regulatory rules to help your organization be successful. Below are guides, trainings, and resources for every step of the process.

Research Resources

NIA makes the following data and animal model resources available to academic researchers and small businesses:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Preclinical Efficacy Database (AlzPED)
    A knowledge platform for the dissemination of data and analysis to scientists in a manner that promotes efficiency, transparency, reproducibility, and accuracy of research aimed at preclinical therapy development for Alzheimer's disease (AD). AlzPED provides quick access and visibility to integrated preclinical efficacy data from published and unpublished studies.
  • MODEL-AD Consortium
    A multi-center consortium established by NIA to develop next-generation animal models for AD research.

Commercialization Resources for All Awardees

Technical Assistance SBIR/STTR Budget Allowance

Applicants may request additional funding support for technical and business services, such as access to technologies, support on product sales, intellectual property protections, market research, and planning. Requests should be made within the application under “F. Other Direct Costs, lines 8-10” and labeled “Technical Assistance” on the budget. Note: if requested, the company cannot participate in other NIH Technical Assistance Programs (listed below).

  • Phase I up to $6,500 per year
  • Phase II cap of $50,000 for the life of the project

Diversity Supplement

Funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-docs, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research or in the SBIR/STTR programs. This supplement opportunity is also available to Program Directors/Principal Investigators of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

Commercialization Resources for Phase I Awardees

I-CorpsTM at NIH

This entrepreneurship immersion course is a hands-on, real-world training designed to turn scientists into entrepreneurs. Phase I awardee teams spend 8 weeks outside the lab, learning to succeed in business through intensive in-person and online courses, mentoring, networking and market research. Graduates are prepared to focus their business plans, reach their potential customers, and effectively demonstrate the value of their innovation. In addition to training, I-Corps provides up to $55,000 to cover direct program costs.

Commercialization Resources for Phase II Awardees

Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program

CRP provides Phase II awardees with technical assistance and later-stage research and development (R&D) support that is not typically provided under Phase II and Phase IIB awards. Budgets may not exceed $1,750,000 in total funding support in any year up to the funding opportunity award limit of $3,360,358 in total costs across all years. CRP applicants may apply for technical assistance or late-stage R&D support.

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