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Women-Owned and Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Small Businesses

NIA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs support both women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDBs) seeking to bring to market innovative treatments and technologies that address aging and age-related conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD).

Women-owned small businesses must:
  • Be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women (who must be U.S. citizens).
  • Be “small” in its primary industry, per the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards for that industry.
  • Self-certify on the SF 424 (R&R) Application Form.
Socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses must:
  • Be 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more disadvantaged persons (who must be U.S. citizens). The disadvantaged person or persons must be both socially disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged as defined by SBA.
  • Be small, according to SBA size standards.
  • Self-certify by registering in the System for Award Management.

WOSBs and SDBs are also encouraged to:

  • Apply for the NIH Applicant Assistance Program, a 10-week coaching program designed to assist small businesses in preparing a Phase I application for the SBIR/STTR programs.
  • Learn about the Diversity Supplement to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctoral scholars, and eligible investigators from groups that have are underrepresented in health-related research and/or the SBIR/STTR programs.

Return to the NIA Small Business Main Page.