Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

pre-SBIR grant mechanism

SBIR STTR programs currently offer funds to support phase 1 and phase 2 development of translation with corporate involvement. Several here have pointed out that there is need for additional NIH support of investigator initiated translation, and I concur. There is indeed need for early stage and pre-IND support. Such a program would support relatively small grants for proof-of-principle studies, pre-clinical work needed to support IP and to get the attention of industry. The expectation is that success would lead to a phase I , phase 1/2 or fast track SBIR/STTR to take it to the next levels. Though little or no data is needed for phase I, one does have to have a company involved. Little support before that.

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