Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Niche Assessment Program – For NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I Awardees

Program is currently OPEN for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I Awardees!

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NIH has launched the Niche Assessment Program that is designed to help small businesses “jump start” their commercialization efforts. All active HHS (NIH, CDC, FDA) SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track awardees (by grant or contract) are eligible to apply. 

The Niche Assessment Program provides market insight and data that can be used to help small businesses strategically position their technology in the marketplace. The results of this program can help small businesses develop their commercialization plans for their Phase II application, and be exposed to potential partners. Services are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, RI.

Technology Niche Analyses® (TNA®) are provided by Foresight, for one hundred seventy seven (177), HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees. These analyses assess potential applications for a technology and then for one viable application, it provides an assessment of the:

  1. Needs and concerns of end-users;
  2. Competing technologies and competing products;
  3. Competitive advantage of the SBIR/STTR-developed technology;
  4. Market size and potential market share (may include national and/or global markets);
  5. Barriers to market entry (may include but is not limited to pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital requirements, etc.);
  6. Market drivers;
  7. Status of market and industry trends;
  8. Potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners; and,
  9. The price customers are likely to pay.

Each participant receives an in-depth report of Foresight's findings. Oftentimes the small businesses can use this information in their commercialization plans which are part of their Phase II applications.

For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-16-013 that was issued in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 16, 2015.

If you are an eligible HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee or a Phase I Fast-Track awardee, complete the online registration form available below to participate in the program:

Apply Today exit disclaimer icon - Registration is on a first come, first serve basis! 



For assistance regarding the online set-up form, please contact:
Ms. Paula Williams
Project Coordinator
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone: (401) 273-4844, ext. 4001
Fax:  (401) 354-1301

Specific questions about TNA's may be directed to:
Konstantin Izvolsky, PhD.
Director of Assessments and Training
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone: (401) 273-4844, ext. 4003
Fax: (401) 354-1301

General questions about Niche Assessment Program may be directed to:
Robert Vinson, Jr. 
Program Manager
Office of Extramural Programs
Phone: (301) 435-2713