The SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 and the recently released SBIR and STTR policy directives have brought about numerous – and often times, complicated – changes to National Institutes of Health (NIH) programs. In an effort to keep the small business research community aware of the impending modifications, the NIH has set up a new website providing a detailed overview of its implementation plan. The site will be regularly updated as the implementation process moves forward so periodically check back. Detailed links to the new policy directives, as well as a synopsis of key changes and FAQs can also be found in this Small Business Administration (SBA) blog post.
In addition, NIH is launching the 9th annual Niche Assessment Program. Open to any SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees funded by grant or contract in fiscal years 2012 and 2012, the free program offers a comprehensive market analysis report designed to help jump-start a company’s commercialization efforts. Applications are now being on a first-come, first-served basis until all 125 slots are filled.
For more information on SBIR/STTR programs, review our online resources or join us at an SBIR Circle, held regularly in ATDC room 207 at Technology Square, 75 Fifth St NW. Please check the ATDC calendar for specific dates and times.