D. Shaughnessy, H. Henry, K. Ahlmark, K. Mease, D. Balshaw
NIH, United States
pp. 152 - 154
Keywords: NIEHS, SBIR, STTR, grants, environmental health, small business
The NIEHS sets aside a percentage of extramural funds to support technology development for environmental health research through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. SBIR/STTR technologies supported by NIEHS reflect the Institute’s broad mission, ranging from assays to detect DNA damage and mutations to high-throughput assays for large-scale toxicant screening to improved methods for assessing both external exposures and internal dose of chemicals. Small businesses are also developing innovative technologies, products, and devices that can be used at Superfund or other contaminated sites for the detection and remediation of hazardous substances. The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) program focuses on the development of Advanced Training Technology (ATT) products for the health and safety training of hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers, emergency responders, and skilled support personnel. The NIEHS supports the development of tools and materials to educate and train individuals and groups on environmental health topics. Technologies developed by NIEHS-supported small businesses are used in laboratory research, high-throughput screening efforts including ToxCast and Tox21, environmental epidemiology studies and community-based research to improve public health.