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Navigate NIH's Research Areas

Did you know that 24 of the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) provide funding to small businesses? Learn more about each IC and their therapeutic research areas of focus to find the best fit for your innovation.

Which Funding Institute or Center is Best for Your Project?

Your idea or project may fall within the scope of one or more ICs. So, before you begin your journey, it's best to understand which ICs are a good fit.


Select a funding Institute or Center below to learn more about its scope, related resources, contacts, policies, and more.

Agencies across the federal government support small businesses through the SBIR and STTR programs. Within HHS, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Administration for Community Living (ACL).


Using NIH Matchmaker to Find the Best Fit

You can use the NIH Matchmaker tool to enter manuscript abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text, and retrieve a list of similar projects to identify ICs that have previously funded research in that area. Once you've submitted your text (up to 15,000 characters in length), Matchmaker will analyze it for key terms and concepts, then pull up the top 100 most similar NIH-funded projects, ranked by match score.

View our quick tutorial below to learn how to use NIH Matchmaker: