Needs Assessment Program for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Awardees
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Key Dates

Release Date:

June 1, 2022

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NOT-OD-21-062 - Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplement for Providing Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Funding to SBIR/STTR Awardees (Admin Supp)

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Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)


NIH announces the launch of the 2022-2023 Needs Assessment Program for NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track awardees. The Needs Assessment Program is part of a comprehensive NIH Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Program, intended to help small businesses identify and address their most pressing product development needs.

The Needs Assessment Program provides a third party, unbiased assessment to help SBIR/STTR awardees identify the most critical technical and business areas to address for their product to be successful in the competitive healthcare marketplace. The Needs Assessment is carried out by RTI International on behalf of NIH. The program is designed to help SBIR/STTR awardees in the following areas:

  • Market Needs/Competitive Advantages
  • Intellectual Property/ Barriers to Entry
  • Business Model Profitability
  • Manufacturing, Regulatory, and/or Clinical Plan

The Needs Assessment Program supports companies developing all types of technologies, e.g., clinical products such as devices, drugs, biologics, and therapeutics, as well as software, educational, and multi-media behavioral science products.

Eligibility: Applicants must have had an active NIH SBIR or STTR Phase I or Phase I Fast-Track award (grant or contract) within the last 2 years. A project whose Phase I has previously received TABA, either through a NICHE Assessment, Needs Assessment, or TABA funding, is not eligible to participate.

Requesting a Needs Assessment: The Needs Assessment Program will be open throughout the year. The time commitment for participating companies is minimal and participation is free. More information about the program and the online request form can be found at NIH TABA Program – TABA Needs Assessment


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH SEED Office (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development)
Telephone: 301-435-2688
Fax: 301-480-0146