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NIA Small Business Programs (SBIR & STTR)

Non-dilutive Funding for Healthy Aging Innovations

The NIA Small Business Programs manage the largest source of early-stage funding for aging-related research and development (R&D).

Each year, NIA provides more than $100 million in R&D grants to small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

NIA has an unprecedented R&D budget to develop interventions that prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias.

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About Small Business Funding

Learn how SBIR and STTR funding can help you bring your research to market.

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Funding Opportunities

Access current small business funding opportunities from NIA.

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Research Priorities

See the types of research NIA is interested in funding.


Eligibility Requirements

See if your business is eligible to apply for NIA funding.

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Sample Applications

Review examples of successful submissions.

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Tips for Applicants

Get tips to help you build a successful application.

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Awardee Resources

Find additional funding and technical assistance for awardees.

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Company Showcase

See examples of small businesses that NIA supports.

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Small Business FAQs

Find answers to common questions about small business funding.

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Events and Education

Join NIA and industry events to learn about small business funding.

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Start-Up Challenge

Learn about NIA’s Healthy Aging Start-Up Challenge and Bootcamp.

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Meet Our Staff

Connect with staff in the NIA Office of Strategic Extramural Programs.