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Apply for NCATS’ Small Business Contract Funding

Wednesday, September 3, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, NCATS is participating in 2015 contract funding opportunities for qualified applicants interested in developing innovative health technologies. Topics of interest to NCATS are developing innovative tools, technologies and intervention (drug, device, diagnostic) platforms that would support the creation of new therapeutics and/or diagnostics, especially for rare and neglected diseases.

Small business representatives can apply to one of the NCATS topics below by 4:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 5, 2014.

  • NCATS 007: Exploring the Potential of CRISPR/CAS Genome-editing Tools (page 76)
  • NCATS 009: Assay Development for High-Throughput Screening of Chemicals of   Toxicological Concern (page 77)
  • NCATS 341: Simple and Robust Reaction Progress Analyzer (page 78)
  • NCATS 342: Online Real Time Metals Analysis at Low ppm (page 79)

Find more information about each topic, contract eligibility, award amounts, submission information and timelines. For general questions about NCATS’ SBIR program and areas of interest, contact the Office of Strategic Alliances or visit the Small Business Opportunities page.


The Benefits of SBIR Contract Funding

  • Small businesses can leverage SBIR funding to help attract additional support from third-party investors.
  • Awards are not loans; no repayment is required.
  • SBIR funding is non-dilutive capital (i.e., an award does not affect the company’s stock or shares in any way).
  • Small businesses retain intellectual property rights to technologies developed under SBIR.
  • SBIR awards provide recognition, verification and visibility. 

How to Apply for SBIR Contract Funding


Small business representatives intending to submit an SBIR contract proposal under this solicitation must provide Sean Dalenberg with the following information:

  • Early written notice of intent to submit
  • Name, address, e-mail and phone
  • Contract topic of interest 

If a topic is modified or canceled before the solicitation closes, only those who have expressed intent to submit a proposal related to that topic will be notified. For more information, send an e-mail to Sean or call 301.827.1070.

Paper proposals can be mailed to the following address:

Sean Dalenberg
Contracting Officer
Office of Acquisitions, NIDA COAC
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 1084
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874*

*Change the ZIP code to 20817 if hand-delivered or delivered by an express or courier service.



NCATS’ SBIR and STTR programs are engines of innovation for developing and commercializing tools, technologies and intervention platforms to support the creation of new therapeutics and diagnostics, especially for rare and neglected diseases. SBIR and STTR are government set-aside programs for domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit.

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