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

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

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THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2017-2018 NIH NICHE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED. The next application period will be for the 2018-2019 Niche cohort which will open in October 2018.

The Niche Assessment Program 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. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis!

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 and seventy-five (175), 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-17-128 that was issued in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 4, 2017.


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

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