Capital for small companies is available through the federal Small Business Innovation Research program of the National Institutes of Health. But how can small businesses get those contracts?

The NIH SBIR program will hold a seminar and one-on-one appointments Friday, September 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Commercialization Center for Innovative Technologies (NJEDA CCIT) in North Brunswick. The program, sponsored by several trade groups and business development organizations, is intended to provide participants with an overview of the SBIR and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs with a focus on the National Institutes of Health and its two largest institutes, the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The program will also include instruction on topic searching and an introduction to proposal writing followed by a networking lunch and one-on-one scheduled conversations with NCI and NIAID representatives in the afternoon. For more information, visit www.njsbdc.com/sbir

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