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The NIAAA is the lead agency for U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorder and alcohol-related problems.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Small Business Research Funding (SBIR/STTR)

About NIAAA's Small Business Research Funding Programs

NIAAA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) programs provide small businesses with funding and resources including grants, contracts, and technical support to explore and create new solutions for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

  • SBIR supports early-stage research and development projects at small businesses.
  • STTR supports small businesses in a formal collaboration with a non-profit research institution.

View Open SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities.

Program Benefits

  • Receive funds that are non-diluted, stable, and predictable.
  • Keep your intellectual property rights.
  • Gain recognition to attract future funding from partners and investors.
  • Apply for technical assistance, commercialization, and R&D support.
  • Apply for training programs to help ensure success.

Supported Research Areas

NIAAA supports research on the causes, prevention, control, and treatment of the major health problems associated with alcohol use.

Learn more about SBIR/STTR research areas.

Comparison of SBIR and STTR Programs Eligibility Requirements

Project Leadership

  • SBIR requires the project’s principal investigator to be employed primarily (more than half-time) by the small business during the award period, unless NIH grants a waiver of this requirement.
  • STTR does not define employment criteria for the project’s principal investigator.

Nonprofit Research Institution Partners

  • STTR requires the small business to have a formal collaboration agreement with a nonprofit research institution during Phases I and II. The research institution is responsible for at least 30 percent of the total effort for the project, and the small business is responsible for at least 40 percent.
  • SBIR encourages but does not require nonprofit research institution partnership. A research institution can complete up to 33 percent of the total effort for a Phase I project and up to 50 percent of the total effort for a Phase II project, as applicable.

Learn more about SBIR/STTR program eligibility criteria.

Important SBIR/STTR Deadlines, Processes, and Tips for Success

Program Deadlines

This program has 3 regular deadlines for submitting program applications: 

  • January 5
  • April 5
  • September 5

Phases and Funding Levels

The SBIR and STTR program also has regular phases and funding levels that are important to keep in mind.

Learn about the phases and funding levels for the SBIR/STTR program.

Tips for Success

Learn what you can do to make sure your application is strong and meets all the criteria for submission.

Read our tips for success.

Keep track of steps to take to manage your grant and utilize our resources for grant recipients.

Download our fact sheet for grant recipients [PDF – 333 KB].

News and Events

Success Stories

Learn how past grantees used funding from the small business program to grow their businesses.

Read about past grantees’ Success Stories and experiences.

Webinars and Events

Check out upcoming events and past webinars to learn more about the program.

Register for future webinars and events.

For more information about SBIR/STTR programs, contact:

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SBIR/STTR Program Director
Megan Ryan, M.B.A.

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