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about small business

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, also known as America's SEED Fund, are a key part of NIH's mission to turn discovery into health. These programs set aside $1.2 billion in non-dilutive funds every year -- specifically to support early-stage small business research and development.

Inform yourself on the basics. 

Review what makes an SBIR different from an STTR, the program phases, application types, and budget & funding timelines. 

Learn what defines a small business and the additional eligibility criteria applicants must meet to apply for the small business programs. 

Find important information on policies regarding human subjects or animal research as well as guidance on intellectual property & reporting requirements.