Give Us Your Ideas for Enriching the NIDCR Small Business Programs
NIDCR is soliciting comments via notice NOT-DE-14-006 that will assist our staff with various activities aimed at enriching our small business programs. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research programs as established by law (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011) are intended to meet the following goals: stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal research and development (R&D) needs; increase the commercial application of Federally-supported research results; foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns (SBCs) and women-owned business concerns; and improve the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the Nation.
By gathering input from our small business community as well as dental and craniofacial practitioners, other health care professionals and distributors of oral and dental products and services, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of the dental product market space and any impediments that may limit innovation and commercialization. We also hope to understand perceived barriers to securing SBIR/STTR grants by small business applicants.
Please take a few minutes to address any or all of the topic areas listed in the notice. Be sure to include your specific business category (i.e., first time SBC applicant, previous SBIR/STTR grantee, entrepreneur, academic partner, venture capital firm, technology transfer office, market analyst, product distributor, etc.) so that we can better understand your perspective. Please provide your comments to the specific email box (NIDCRSmallBusiness@mail.nih.gov) no later than July 31, 2014.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research