Federal Government Seed Money
Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) – A major NIH resource on all aspects of seed money, SBIR and STTR grants, and programs to support small businesses at each stage from initial grant writing to commercialization.
SEED YouTube Channel – NIH videos provide guidance for starting a company. 16 videos.
SBIR.gov – Small Business Innovation Research. An important resource collection of the Small Business Administration, comprising agency overviews, program basics, and over 55 tutorials.
Overview of SEED Funding at NIA and NINDS – Video of a panel discussing NIH seed funding for small businesses. Longevity Innovations and Neurodegeneration Company Showcase (LINCS).
Non-Federal Government Seed Money
How to Raise Seed Capital and Grow Your Startup – Gives an overview of seed funding and how to acquire it. Investopedia. September 4, 2020.
Is Seed Funding the Right Answer for Your Startup? – Written by a seed-stage investor about non-government seed funding, this article helps entrepreneurs determine if seed funding is the right approach when setting up their businesses. By Gain Christensen. Entrepreneur. April 4, 2018.
Small Business Funding: Find Financing Options in 2021 – Includes state and regional small business grants.
Federal Government/Academic/Business Collaboration: “Proof of Concept” Programs
The following programs supporting the translation of research to business applications are available to academics at participating institutions who want to license a product or start a business based on their research. They are given entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and pilot funding. Other scientists may use the wealth of resources available online. Participating institutions partner with the NIH’s Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office, the FDA, the US Patent office, and private-sector businesses and funding.
- NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovation (NCAI) – This program is within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) initiative. Training videos and resources are available.
- Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) – Trans-NIH program implementing the Proof of Concept Partnership Program. Videos explaining this initiative:
- NCI SBIR Development Center – Similar to the above programs but sponsored by the National Cancer Institute to support the commercialization journey from academic researcher to researcher/entrepreneur.