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SHIFT Connector: Bringing Business Jobs to Academic Investigators

NIAID is hosting this pilot site to help investigators and businesses connect for the SHIFT SBIR program, regardless of the funding institute or center.

Businesses can post their interests and investigators can propose product-oriented research topics. After connecting, the PI usually writes the SHIFT SBIR application that the business submits to NIH for funding.

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How to SHIFT Into Gear

Academic Investigators

1st Gear: Decide that you would accept a job in business.

2nd Gear: Think about product-oriented research you could direct as a PI.

3rd Gear: Post a research title on SHIFT Connector: Academic Investigators by emailing the following:

  • Your email address.
  • Project titles—up to 200 characters; see examples at SHIFT Connector: Build a Strong Title.
  • Areas of expertise (optional)—limit to three areas; no more than 25 characters each.

4th Gear: Go to SHIFT Connector: Businesses to find companies to contact.

5th Gear: Find SHIFT Connector: Networking.


1st Gear: Find scientists you may be interested in at SHIFT Connector: Academic Investigators.

2nd Gear: Post your areas of interest on SHIFT Connector: Businesses by emailing the following:

  • Business name and link.
  • Products and diseases (optional).
  • Contact email address.

3rd Gear: Participate in SHIFT Connector: Networking.

Networking Sponsors
(e.g., biotechnology and economic development organizations, academic institutions)

1st Gear: Email the following information so we can post it at SHIFT Connector: Networking.

  • Organization name.
  • Relevant organizational link.
  • Location.
  • Contact email address.

2nd Gear: Send us a link to your live networking session so we can post it with your entry.

If you have NIAID-specific questions, contact Dr. Natalia Kruchinin. For other institutes, find contact information in the March 5, 2010, Guide notice for the SHIFT SBIR program announcement.

For general information on other small business initiatives, see NIAID's Small Business Awards portal.

Last Updated April 15, 2014

Last Reviewed April 15, 2014