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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 over $190 million each year in NIAID small business awards. 

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 research and development (R&D) funding and other support initiatives.

Find small business funding opportunities:

Subscribe for small business information and opportunity alerts at NIAID Email Updates. Open the Research Funding category, open NIAID Funding Opportunities, then choose Small Business Awards.

Learn more about NIAID small business programs in the sections below. For answers to questions about various components of small business programs, refer to NIH’s Small Business Frequently Asked Questions.

Compare NIAID Small Business Programs
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.
High Priority Areas of Interest for NIAID Small Business Program
Supports businesses pursuing research in a variety of important areas of science. See our high-priority areas of interest and associated contacts.
Small Business Grant Application Process
Follow the application process outlined here to determine eligibility, register your small business, identify funding, apply, and follow up on your application.
NIAID Small Business Program Success Stories
Read about some successful companies that have received funding from NIAID's SBIR/STTR program to help them advance their innovative technologies.
NIAID Small Business Program Team
The NIAID team is dedicated to helping small businesses. Find contact information.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about the NIAID SBIR/STTR program, email

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