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Small Business Programs (SBIR/STTR)

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Through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, NIEHS supports small businesses in the development of innovative applications to translate and communicate environmental health research to improve public health.

NIEHS supports small business grants in several program areas. These grants have helped bring to market products that detect exposures to environmental hazards; provide innovative test systems for understanding the effects of toxicants on cells and tissues; remove contaminants from soil, water, or air; and improve worker health and safety.

General Information on SBIR/STTR Grants

General information on SBIR/STTR grants, including information on how to apply, special funding announcements, commercialization assistance programs, and the differences between the SBIR and STTR mechanisms, can be found on the NIH SBIR/STTR Grants and Funding page.

NIEHS SBIR/STTR program areas include:

  • Technologies for characterizing biological responses to environmental stressors
  • Technologies for measuring exposure to environmental agents and for integrating exposure and response
  • New applications for nanotechnology to address environmental health issues as well as methods and technologies to assess exposures to engineered nanomaterials
  • Novel methods for measuring internal dose of environmental agents and their metabolites
  • Improved test systems for assessing or predicting the toxicity of environmental agents, including alternative systems and computational approaches that reduce animal use in toxicity testing
  • Novel approaches for communicating environmental health science
  • Improved test systems for assessing or predicting the toxicity of environmental agents, including alternative systems and computational approaches that reduce animal use in toxicity testing
  • Novel approaches for communicating environmental health science
  • Innovation in e-Learning in worker education and training
  • Commercialization of innovative remediation and detection technologies for use at Superfund sites

For more details on research priorities for NIEHS, see p. 88 in the funding topics portion of the Omnibus Solicitation of NIH, CDC, and FDA for SBIR and STTR grant applications.

For additional NIEHS SBIR/STTR application resources, visit www.niehs.nih.gov/sbir.

Technology Transfer and Communication for Environmental Health Science

Program Description

NIEHS-funded researchers have made tremendous progress in developing technologies to characterize environmental factors that threaten public health, to examine the biological mechanisms of toxicant effects, and to evaluate how harmful environmental exposures might be avoided. SBIR/STTR grants help small businesses develop and bring to market products that apply the latest research findings to help identify or detect environmental hazards and prevent exposures linked to disease outcomes.

Many of these innovations capitalize on advances in exposure biology. For example, SBIR/STTR grants support the development of devices and methods to precisely measure environmental contaminants, track the body’s response to exposures, and detect the internal levels of toxicants to which a person has been exposed. Other SBIR/STTR grants support the mission of the NTP Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods to reduce or replace animal use in toxicology testing through development of computational and in vitro approaches. In addition, SBIR/STTR grants support efforts to communicate about environmental hazards to the public to help people protect themselves from harmful exposures.

Program Contacts

Daniel Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Daniel T. Shaughnessy, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-2506
Fax (919) 541-0146
shaughn1@niehs.nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-04
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Lingamanaidu V. Ravichandran
Health Specialist
Tel (919) 541-2933
lingamanaidu.ravichandran@nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-05
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Innovation in Worker Education and Training

Program Description

Proper training can mean the difference between life and death for workers who handle hazardous materials or help with emergency response when hazardous materials are released. Although training for such workers traditionally has required physical classrooms and educational materials, recent technological advances have opened opportunities for providing accessible, accurate, and interactive training through electronic channels.

Through the Worker Training Program, NIEHS supports the development of e-learning Advanced Technology Training (ATT) products for the health and safety training of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers; skilled support personnel; emergency responders in biosafety response, infectious disease training and cleanup; emergency responders in disasters and resiliency training; and to assist in research into the acute and long-term health effects of environmental disasters. These e-Learning tools use a wide array of delivery platforms, including computer and Web-based applications, interactive DVDs, and cell phone and smart phone communications. In general, the tools provide a solution to specific training problems and for specific training audiences. They can be instructor-led and used in traditional classroom settings, and they often assist in preparation for critical “hands-on” training. These new approaches help to equip workers rapidly and effectively with the skills and knowledge to protect themselves and their communities from hazards.

Program Contacts

Kathy Ahlmark
Kathy A. Ahlmark
Program Analyst

Tel (919) 541-7825
ahlmark@niehs.nih.gov
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Jim Remington
Program Analyst
Tel (919) 541-0035
Fax (301) 480-2924
remingtonj@niehs.nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-14
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Innovative Remediation and Detection Technologies for Use at Superfund Sites

Program Description

The Superfund Research Program, through its SBIR/STTR program, supports small businesses to foster the commercialization of innovative technologies, products, and devices that can be used at Superfund or other contaminated sites for the detection and remediation of hazardous substances. These commercial products benefit public health by providing new methods for detecting contaminants or cleaning up environmental health hazards from contaminated groundwater, sediment, soil, and air. Visit the NIEHS Hazardous Substances Detection and Remediation Program for more information.

Program Contact

Heather F. Henry, Ph.D.
Heather Henry, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-5330
henryh@niehs.nih.gov
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K3-04
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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