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Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC)



The Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) is charged with accelerating the translation of basic discoveries and innovations into new diagnostics, devices, and therapeutics and with facilitating the development of new technologies via Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiatives and other new and innovative programs. In this role, OTAC initiates and facilitates the development of SBIR and other programs focused on emerging technologies of national importance in the areas of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders; serves as a focal point for the extramural research community for information about the NHLBI small business technology development opportunities; and facilitates strategic alliances between the federal and private sector stakeholders. OTAC disseminates the NHLBI vision of strategic technology development to the other NIH Institutes, Federal agencies, the small business and technology development communities, and private industry.

To achieve these goals, OTAC has four major functions:

1. Coordination of the SBIR/STTR Programs

2. Strategic initiative and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) development

3. Business Development and Regulatory Assistance

4. Outreach and Partnership

SBIR/STTR Program:

Learn more about the NHLBI SBIR/STTR program.

NHLBI's Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI):

The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations address the problems that hinder the critical, early steps necessary to translate novel scientific advances and discoveries into commercially viable diagnostics, devices, therapeutics, and tools that improve patient care and advance public health.

Visit the NCAI website

NCAI Background




Last Updated: May 2014



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