Need Help Applying for SBIR or STTR Funding?

Preparing your first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) application can be daunting and time-consuming. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have an experienced mentor to walk you through the process and help you refine and perfect your submission?

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Office of Small Business Research is participating in the Applicant Assistance Program (AAP). The free, 10-week program is designed to assist small businesses in preparing an SBIR or STTR application in time for the next deadline on January 5, 2021. AAP provides participants with services such as application needs assessment, mentoring, application preparation support, and application review. NIH is now accepting applications for the January 2021 SBIR/STTR application cycle. Use the AAP Application Portal to apply by Thursday, September 24, 2020.

AAP aims to increase the number of applications from underrepresented small businesses, especially women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged companies, and offers support and resources to help those applicants maximize their chances of success. 

Accepted participants in AAP will be assigned a coach from Eva Garland Consulting for one-on-one, customized assistance that focuses on each step and section of the SBIR or STTR application. 

Thursday, September 24
Visit the AAP Application Portal 
Have questions?
 Email Dr. Michael-David A.R.R. Kerns to discuss your proposal ideas. 
Apply by Thursday, September 24, 2020 on the AAP Application Portal.
Who Is Eligible?

AAP seeks companies that have not previously participated in the SBIR or STTR programs. Eligible applicants:Have not received a previous NIH SBIR or STTR award in the past 10 years.Do not have a current NIH SBIR or STTR application under review.Intend to submit an application for Phase I support only by the January 5, 2021, deadline.Are otherwise eligible for the SBIR or STTR programs and have research aligned with NIA’s mission.Women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, as well as businesses from states underrepresented in the SBIR/STTR programs, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Important Upcoming DatesThursday, September 24: AAP Application DeadlineTuesday, January 5, 2021: Omnibus Solicitation Deadline 
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