U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Commercializing Academic Research

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have a technology or an idea, we can help guide you along, even if you don't yet have a small business. Staff from the three extramural divisions of the NIDDK are available to answer your questions. Find staff contact information in the left-hand column of our Small Business Programs page. We also encourage you to check out our Scientific Commercialization Quick Reference Guide, below.

We also recognize commercialization can be a daunting proposition. NIH offers Technical Assistance Programs to help jump-start an awardee's commercialization efforts with market research (Niche Assessment Program) and intensive business development training (Commercialization Assistance Program).

 Why apply for small business funding?

  • Applicants who have received a R01 in the past are more likely to receive a small business grant than other small business applicants.
  • The small business programs operate on funds set aside from the extramural budget, so applicants do not compete with regular research proposals, training, or other special programs.
  • The set-aside percentage of funding for small business awards is increasing.
  • Awards don’t dilute ownership/equity and don’t require repayment or payment of royalties.
  • Small business applications, in general have higher success rates compared to other funding mechanisms.

Studying disease biology or developing a novel therapeutic?

NIDDK Program Directors have mapped NIDDK Funding Opportunities and related resources to critical stages along the therapeutic discovery and development pipeline.


Technology Commercialization Process

Technology Commercialization Process Flow-Chart

Scientific Commercialization Quick Reference Guide (PDF, 656 KB)