Showcase Opportunities for NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Awardees
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NIH SEED supports the participation of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) recipients at life science investor and partnering events throughout the year. This program is part of a comprehensive approach NIH has established to enable the commercialization of healthcare technologies and services developed with NIH support.

Matched companies may receive the following benefits: 

  • The SEED company showcase program matches requesting eligible companies with presentation and attendance slots at conferences and events with which the SEED office has established relationships.  These events provide venues for small business grantees to engage with investors, development partners, and corporate collaborators.
  • If matched to an event, NIH-funded small businesses receive as many of the following benefits as are applicable:
  • one-on-one coaching from SEED Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • At least 1 top tier registration to their matched event
  • The opportunity to pitch their value proposition to attendees (where applicable)
  • Access to event partnering facilitation systems
  • Space to display or highlight their technology
  • This program is open to NIH-funded companies whose grants have been active in the past 2 calendar years. 
  • Information about companies included in this program can be found at  

Eligibility: Companies must have had active NIH SBIR or STTR funding (grant or contract) within the last 24 calendar months. For companies with multiple awards, only one project will be considered per 6-month cycle. The program supports over 100 companies each year. 

Companies may submit a request for consideration at any time during the year, however SEED will evaluate the match of companies to specific events only twice per year. The deadlines to submit a request for consideration are 5 pm EST January 19, 2024 and 5 pm EDT June 6, 2024. Within 3 months of each deadline, SEED will notify all companies if they have been matched to a showcase event occurring within the covered period (roughly March through September and October through February respectively). 

More information about the program can be found at:


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) Office