Small Business Programs
NIAID welcomes entrepreneurs and small business leaders to explore grant and contract funding opportunities and engage in collaboration with NIAID. Our small business programs help bridge the gap between basic science and commercialization of new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies.
We use set-aside funds mandated by Congress to fund more than $100 million each year in small business awards. The small business programs are currently reauthorized through fiscal year 2022.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Both SBIR and STTR programs seek to stimulate technological innovation and increase private-sector commercialization of technologies developed through federal R&D funding and other support initiatives. Learn more at Compare NIAID Small Business Programs and in the sections below.
Types of Grants Available for Small Businesses
R41/R42 – Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Government-wide program that promotes R&D with the potential for commercialization at small business concerns. It differs from Small Business Innovation Research in requiring a formal collaborative relationship with a university or other non-profit research institution.
R43/R44 – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Government-wide program that promotes R&D with the potential for commercialization at small business concerns.
U44 – Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Cooperative Agreement
NIAID program that supports in-depth development of R&D ideas whose feasibility has been established in Phase I and that are likely to result in commercial products or services.
SB1 – Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program
To support follow-on awards to small businesses for technology development, testing, evaluation, and commercialization assistance for SBIR or STTR Phase II technologies or for awards to small businesses to support the progress of research, research and development, and commercialization conducted under the SBIR or STTR programs to Phase III.
Get details on NIAID SBIR and STTR program structure, which funding mechanisms we use to support small businesses, and a comparison of SBIR grants and contracts.
Supports businesses pursuing research in a variety of important areas of science. See our high-priority areas of interest and associated contacts.
Follow the application process outlined here to determine eligibility, register your small business, identify funding, apply, and follow up on your application.
Read about some successful companies that have received funding from NIAID's SBIR/STTR program to help them advance their innovative technologies.
The NIAID team is dedicated to helping small businesses. Find contact information.