10-week program designed to assist small businesses prepare an SBIR or STTR application.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Office of Small Business Research is participating in the Applicant Assistance Program (AAP). The free, 10-week program is designed to assist small businesses in preparing an SBIR or STTR application in time for the next deadline on April 5, 2021. AAP provides participants with services such as application needs assessment, mentoring, application preparation support, and application review. NIH is now accepting applications for the next group of AAP participants beginning in January 2021. Use the AAP Application Portal to apply by Thursday, December 10, 2020.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) is designed to assist small businesses with an interest in preparing and submitting a Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) application to any of the following Institutes:
Application portal will open on November 12, 2020. An informational webinar provided by the NIH will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET. Please register here.
The goal of this program is to increase the number of applications submitted by underrepresented small businesses and to increase the number of these applications that are free of errors or omissions and are deemed complete, compliant and responsive to the review criteria.
Please note that a for-profit company must be established prior to applying for AAP. The AAP is NOT available to companies who have a current SBIR/STTR application under review with the same scope of work or to support preparation of a Fast Track or Phase II application. You may be removed from the program if deemed ineligible.
AAP services are FREE to the small businesses who are accepted into the program. Each AAP participant will be assigned to a coach from Eva Garland Consulting who has expertise in preparing NIH SBIR/STTR applications. Over a 10-week period, the coach will provide customized assistance to the AAP participant, using the book Winning SBIR/STTR Grants: A Ten Week Plan for Preparing Your NIH Phase I Application 3rd Edition as a guide. One free copy of the book will be provided to each participating company.
The following topics will be covered each week:
You must meet the following eligibility criteria:
* Companies who received their most recent SBIR/STTR award prior to 2010 may be considered for the AAP.
Submission Portal Opens: November 12, 2020
NIH AAP outreach webinar: November 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET. Please register here.
NIH AAP Q&A webinar: December 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET
Applications Due: December 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET
Applicants status notified: January 11-14, 2021
Participant letter of acceptance return date to secure program spot: January 15, 2021
NIH AAP Kick-off Webinar: January 15, 2021 (mandatory for accepted applicants)
NIH AAP Describing Technology Fitness and Unmet Need Webinar: date TBD (mandatory for accepted applicants)
Applicant Assistance Program: January 15, 2021 – March 29, 2021
SBIR/STTR Submission Deadline: April 5, 2021