Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination

The NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) helps to accelerate the translation of new discoveries into innovative biomedical products to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart, lung, and blood disorders. OTAC coordinates the NHLBI Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, as well as two translational research initiatives directed at advancing new technologies from the university to the marketplace: the NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) and the NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) programs. 

In addition, OTAC serves as a central point-of-contact for information about the NHLBI’s small business funding opportunities; facilitates alliances between the federal and private sector stakeholders; and offers resources and advisory services to support biomedical innovators.

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Our Programs

NHLBI Small Business Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are two of the largest sources of early-stage capital for U.S. small business, acting as engines of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to promote the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders. The NHLBI provides grant and contract funding opportunities and resources to support small businesses performing research and development on technologies related to the mission of the NHLBI. View funding information for the NHLBI Small Business Program.

NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI) & Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH)

The NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations and Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs programs accelerate the translation of scientific discovery into products that improve health for patients. With these two programs, the NIH has created a nationwide network of six Centers and Hubs to develop best practices for translating academic innovations into new drugs, devices, and diagnostics.

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Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination
 - Division of Extramural Research Activities
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Dr., Suite 7109
Bethesda, MD 20817
United States