NCATS Invites Applications for SBIR/STTR Funding

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has always been at the forefront of promoting innovation and providing support for endeavors that propel medical research forward. In line with its commitment to advancing science NCATS is open to receiving applications for funding opportunities through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Understanding SBIR/STTR

The SBIR and STTR programs are competitive federal initiatives aimed at providing funding to small businesses engaged in research and development with potential for commercialization. These programs play a role in driving forward innovative solutions across various scientific disciplines, including healthcare and medical research.


NCATS plays a role in administering SBIR/STTR funding for projects that align with their mission of accelerating translational research and improving public health. The centers dedication to advancing science is evident in their support of small businesses that have the ability to drive medical innovations.

Areas of Focus

NCATS is particularly interested, in projects that tackle challenges within the field of translational science.Here are some areas of interest;

1. Drug. Development; We’re interested in projects that focus on creating drugs, therapeutic interventions or drug delivery technologies.

2.. Biomarkers; We’re looking for innovations related to the development of tools that can diagnose diseases early and biomarkers that help with disease monitoring.

3. Health Information Technology; We want to see solutions that use technology to improve the management of health data, patient care and research outcomes.

4. Rare Diseases; Projects addressing the challenges posed by rare diseases and improving our understanding and management of these conditions are highly valued.

5. Biomedical Technologies; Innovations in devices, regenerative medicine and other biomedical technologies that have the potential to transform patient care are of great interest.

Application Process

If you have groundbreaking ideas as a business or startup you can apply for SBIR/STTR funding through NCATS. The application process is competitive but accessible. You’ll need to submit a proposal outlining your project details, including research plans, expected outcomes and a commercialization strategy.

The Impact of SBIR/STTR Funding

The funding provided through SBIR/STTR programs has an impact, on medical research and innovation. It enables businesses to carry out essential research and development work needed to bring their ideas into the market—ultimately benefiting patients well being while improving public health.
Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The support offered by NCATS for SBIR/STTR funding goes beyond providing financial assistance. It reflects the centers dedication to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship within the community. Through offering resources and opportunities to businesses and startups NCATS plays a crucial role in pushing forward translational science.

A Promising Future for Translational Science

As NCATS welcomes applicants to apply for SBIR/STTR funding it opens up doors to a future in translational science. The projects that receive support possess the potential to revolutionize healthcare, fuel breakthroughs and enhance the lives of numerous individuals. This commitment to advancing innovation serves as evidence of NCATS’ unwavering commitment, to expanding knowledge and promoting public health improvement.