WeIcome to NIDA's Small Business Programs 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is the Federal Government's lead agency for supporting scientific research on drug abuse and addiction. NIDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are NIDA’s engine of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to prevent, diagnose, and treat substance use disorders (SUDs).

Our portfolio of companies include those developing therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, research tools, and health IT products and services [Read the recent blog by the Institute's Director Dr. Nora Volkow]. 

We invite entrepreneurs and small business leaders to explore our website, its resources, funding opportunities and key contacts for a successful submission. 

Schedule a Meeting 

NIDA's SBIR and STTR projects are overseen by the Office of Translational Initiatives and Program Innovation (OTIPI). Prior to applying, companies are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting with program staff. 

Submit an Application

We’ve compiled a suite of resources to help you submit your application successfully. This includes samples applications, an outline of a commercialization plan and video tutorials breaking down the SFS424 (R&R) Application page by page.

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NIDA Funding

NIDA participates in NIH’s SBIR and STTR Omnibus Funding Opportunity Announcement and issues targeted funding opportunities for various type of technologies. Funding ranges from $150K for Phase I up to $3M for Phase II.


Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications. Review the Eligibility criteria to make sure that your small business can apply. Make sure your company is eligible before you apply.

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