How to Mine Federal R&D Databases for Funding Opportunities

Explore databases such as NIH RePorter,,, and beta.SAM

When growing your technology business, you need to understand who your customers are, what they want, and who else might be creating similar technology solutions to meet those customer needs. While some of the best methods of learning this involve talking with people, and attending meetings (even virtual meetings!), there are several publicly available federal databases that store information on what federal R&D funds have been awarded through grants and contracts, as well as what federal solicitations have been recently created.

Join us to explore using databases such as NIH RePorter,,, and beta.SAM (formerly FedBizOps) to identify potential customers, customer needs, competitors, as well as potential sources of federal, non-dilutive funding for your technology-oriented company.

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Molly Schmid, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant,
SBDC @ UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Dr. Schmid brings more than 20 years of experience in the life science and small business technology industries and has held a variety of impressive leadership roles in bioinformatics, pharmaceuticals and health technologies, as well as the entrepreneurial space. She has also published several patents and publications. She was Vice President of Life and Health Technologies at ieCrowd, a global community of innovators where she coached Olfactor Laboratories, Inc. staff to transform novel vector control products into commercially viable technologies.

She was also Senior Vice President of Preclinical Programs at Affinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Toronto, Canada, where she managed several multi-million dollar technical projects, including a three-year $15 million discovery-stage collaboration with Pfizer.

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