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Research grants are a great source of non-dilutive capital that can enable you to further de-risk the science and technology that serve as the foundation of your business. Additionally, they can be an effective way to externally validate your ideas and research plan. The challenge is that the grant review process can be lengthy and there are limitations on what the funds can be used for.  Tips on obtaining small business grants are included here

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NIH's SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program

The NIH’s SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program (NAP) is a nationwide program to help jump-start an SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee's commercialization efforts.  Technology Niche Analyses® are provided by Foresight for 138 NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees.  These analyses are often awarded on a first come, first served basis and assess potential applications for a technology and then for one viable application, it provides an assessment of the:


1.    needs and concerns of end-users; 
2.    competing technologies and competing products; 
3.    competitive advantage of the SBIR/STTR-developed technology; 
4.    market size and potential market 
5.    barriers to market entry (pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital, etc.); 
6.    market drivers; 
7.    status of market and industry trends; 
8.    potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners; and, 
9.    the price customers are likely to pay.


Each participant receives an in-depth report.  Oftentimes the small business can use this information in their commercialization plans for their Phase II applications. For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-13-109 that was placed in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 28, 2013.

Grant Making Organizations

Bayer HealthCare Grants4Targets Initiative


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Breakout Labs


Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs


Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Grants Program


Department of Commerce State of Washington


Health Sciences & Services Authority of Spokane County


Life Sciences Discovery Fund


Medic One Foundation


National Institutes of Health SBIR and STTR Grants 


National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Program


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs 


SMARTCAP- Space Medicine and Related Technologies Commercialization Assistance Program


Washington Global Health Alliance

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