The NOAA Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) is designed to help NOAA SBIR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. It is a mentoring and training program that includes one-on-one engagement with a dedicated, industry-specific business consultant, and is organized around topics that will contribute to the development of a strategic action plan, business plan, and/or a licensing/go-to-market strategy. The CAP follows a hands-on approach where each participant works individually at his or her own pace with the assigned consultant.
Launched in 2016, NOAA-CAP is offered free-of-charge to all new Phase II awardees. To provide this service, the NOAA SBIR Program Office partners with experienced third-party vendors that specialize in facilitating the launch of scientific innovations.