The Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) of the NIH helps small businesses write and submit Phase I grant proposals, providing coaching and guidance on application needs assessment, preparation, and review. It aims to help under-represented groups—including women, minorities, and people from certain states—achieve SBIR/STTR funding. You must be established as a business with no previous funding. The AAP is available at certain NIH institutes. The application deadline for the AAP is several months ahead of the grant proposal deadline.
Applicant Assistance Program (AAP)
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