Sunday, August 30, 2009

NIH's CAP Offered to SBIR Awardees

NIH’s Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) is now available to NIH SBIR Phase II awardees free of charge. The CAP program through a contract with the Larta Institute of Los Angeles is in place to help SBIR II awardees develop their commercial business and to transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. All NIH SBIR awardees with Phase II awards that are active or were active in the past six years are eligible to participate. The 2009-2010 CAP will begin October 2009 and finish July 2010.

The program has the Commercialization Training Track (CTT) and the Accelerated Commercialization Track (ACT) to offer customized assistance. CTT with 60 slots available will help participants in the program enhance their skills and tools needed to create infrastructure, documentation, and business models.

ACT with 20 slots available targets the most critical issues needed to achieve a desired commercialization outcome. This track is for companies that have commercialized other products, have clearly-defined markets and partners, or have raised financing through institutional channels.

The deadline to submit an application is September 14, 2009. For more information, go to For general inquiries, contact Kay Etzler at, or call 301-435-2713. To contact the Larta Institute, contact Judy Hsieh at or call 213-538-1444 Extension 144.