ASTRO ROCKS: The NCI Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Research-Oriented Career Knowledge and Support (ROCKS) web sessions equip you for a successful research-oriented career, one step at a time. This session featured the NCI Program Official(s) to provide an overview of the NCI Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, and SBIR/STTR awardees shared their keys to successfully apply for funding, carry out the proposed project(s), balance their academic/small business efforts, and leverage the SBIR/STTR mechanisms to advance their radiation research careers.

This activity is available from January 3, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 2, 2025.

This activity was originally recorded as an ASTRO "ROCKS" Web Session on April 16, 2021.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the interest of researchers interested in interdisciplinary team science.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain differences between the SBIR and STTR programs.
  • Discuss the benefits of SBIR/STTR funding.
  • Implement strategies shared from the Program Director for a successful application.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.00 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Michael Espey, PhD (Chief, Radiotherapy Development Branch, Radiation Research Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, NCI)
Marc Mendonca, PhD (Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI)

Speakers (in alphabetical order by last name):
Deepa Narayanan, MS, Program Director, SBIR Development Center, NCI
Timothy N. Showalter, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Billy W. Loo Jr., MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology & Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine

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The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.

ASTRO is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology to provide SA-CME as part of Part II Maintence of Certification. 

Available Credit

  • 0.00 Certificate of Attendance
    This activity was designated for 0.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


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The course and its materials will only be available on the ASTRO website for that 3 year period regardless of purchase date. At the expiration of the qualification, participants will no longer have access to the course or its materials. ASTRO reserves the right to remove a course before the end of its qualification period.



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