If you are a small business and are interested in obtaining early-stage financing to support your cancer research and technology development, you may be in luck.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are offering funding opportunities to eligible small businesses and research institutions for the development and commercialization of novel technologies and products to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.

The NCI SBIR & STTR Programs currently have several grant opportunities with December 5, 2008 receipt dates. Funding is available in a range of topic areas. The topics below represent some of NCI’s highest priorities for technology development and commercialization. These topics include:

– Anti-Cancer Agents – Manufacturing Processes
– Cancer Biomarkers – Device Development
– Nanotechnology – Imaging Technologies
– Proteomics – Diagnostics
– Health Information Technology – And other areas of interest to the NCI
– Pharmacodynamic Assay Development

Why Apply for NCI SBIR & STTR Funding?

Small businesses and research institutions play an important role in advancing cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. In addition, the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs can benefit small businesses in many ways. Small businesses can receive seed capital to push promising technologies through development and commercialization without diluting company stock or shares in any way. Businesses maintain intellectual property rights to technologies.

These funding opportunities are awards, not loans, and no repayment is required. In addition, SBIR & STTR funding can be a leveraging tool to help attract additional funding from other third-party investors.

Additional NCI SBIR & STTR Funding Opportunities

For a complete listing of all funding opportunities from the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs, including the new NCI SBIR Phase II Bridge Award, please visit here. The NCI Bridge Award is a new innovative funding opportunity designed to address the funding gap known as the “Valley of death” between the end of a NIH SBIR Phase II award and the commercialization stage. Budgets up to $1 million in total costs per year for up to three years may be requested from the NCI as part of the Bridge Initiative. The next funding deadline is February 27, 2009.

Learn About How to Apply

View presentations and videos from the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs Forum to learn more about the application process and get tips from prior awardees on how to prepare a successful proposal. These videos also provide information and resources about how the NCI SBIR & STTR Programs can help your company develop its business.


If you are interested in discussing your organization’s project with NCI Development Center staff to explore how it aligns with NCI’s priorities, please contact a Program Director here.

The SBIR & STTR Programs are government set-aside programs for domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit.

Sign up here to receive updates about SBIR & STTR funding opportunities.

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  1. these grants are good..people like me who are employed but want to create a business yet don’t have enough money could use grants such as these