Acquiring Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) New Health
Technology Development Funding
As the U.S. $3 trillion dollars healthcare
system moves rapidly towards reducing operational costs, increasing productivity and improving patient outcomes, the demand
for novel technologies grows. The system, in fact, is counting on health technology entrepreneurs to help
meet the demand. In response, entrepreneurs obtain
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) seed grants to produce original, marketable technology solutions, e.g., mHealth
devices, patient portals, robotics, wearable sensors, telehealth/telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, etc. that stratify
the system’s needs.
federal agencies, throughout the year, issue SBIR request for proposals (RFPs) for the development of unique healthcare or
medical technologies. Each agency uses a competitive proposal and submission process to award seed grants.
The agencies, more importantly, expect entrepreneurs to submit funding proposals that demonstrate how they intend to develop
a creative solution that solves an identified healthcare problem.
This publication presents information on winning SBIR health technology
development grants from six participating federal agencies. Specifically, it includes the following:
technologies in healthcare
Provides a brief description of the SBIR program
Profiles and discusses the funding priorities of each agency
Details the five items needed to prepare successful
SBIR new health technology development funding process
Presents samples of funded health technology projects from each agency
Explains the construction of a permanent proposal development infrastructure, which
allows entrepreneurs to save time, resources and money when responding to agency issued released request for proposals
The National Institutes of Health (NIH),
the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the
U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are the six participating
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