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Founder and President Peggy Young was a biomedical researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Brain Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute's research laboratory in Frederick, Maryland for 15 years. Subsequently, she served as an executive and program manager at a health consulting firm in Rockville. Peggy exercised her entrepreneurial talents to start her own company—NOVA Research—in 1986 with the idea of providing high-quality, inNOVAtive professional and scientific support services to researchers and staff at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. In the more than 30 years since its founding, NOVA has successfully performed hundreds of contract awards, received numerous investigator-initiated and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and contracts, and received multiple performance awards.

We are proud to share our timeline below.

1986/87
Incorporated and Opened Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland
1987-1996
Awarded National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National AIDS Demonstration Research (NADR) Project Coordinating Center Contract
1991-2006
Awarded NIDA Intramural Research Program's Research Patient Recruitment, Screening, Evaluation, Discharge, and Follow-up Contract
1993
Awarded first NIH R03 Research Grant
1994-1999
Awarded Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contracts to design and implement a research Questionnaire Development System™ (QDS™).
1995
Awarded first NIH R01 5-year Research Grant, Strategies To Reduce HIV Sexual Risk Practices
1997-2006
Awarded NCI-wide Consolidated Support Services Contract
1998
Awarded U.S. Small Business Administration's Administrator's Award for Excellence
1998-Present
Awarded NCI President's Cancer Panel Meeting and Science Writing Support Contract
1999-Present
Awarded SBIR Phase III; Commercialized QDS™ with several hundred customers and more than 5,000 modules sold
2000
Took part in U.S. Department of Commerce Women's Business Development Trade Mission to Europe—Netherlands, Belgium, France
2001
Took part in U.S. Department of Commerce Women's Business Development Trade Mission to Africa—Egypt, Kenya, South Africa
2002
Awarded U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate for accomplishments in the global marketplace
2002
Awarded 20-year GSA Schedule Professional Services Contract
2003
Received first of multiple NIH Plain Language Awards
2004
Commercialized second SBIR product—Practitioner's Handbook for Conducting Drug Abuse Research
2004-2007
Awarded SBIR Phase I and II to add QDS-Web™ Module to QDS™ Software Suite
2007
Awarded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Marketing and Communications Services IDIQ
2008
Awarded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Evaluation of Patient Navigator Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Program
2012
Awarded first NIH Public Information and Communications Services (PICS I) IDIQ
2013
Assisted NCI's President's Cancer Panel in Preparing Human Papilloma Virus Report to U.S. President
2014
Moved Headquarters to Silver Spring, Maryland
2015-Present
Awarded CDC QDS™ Support for Medical Monitoring Project and National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Surveys
2018
Awarded first NIH Conference, Administrative, and Travel Services III (NIHCATS III) IDIQ
2018
Awarded second NIH Public Information and Communications Services (PICS II) IDIQ
2020
Awarded NCI-wide Blanket Purchase Agreement for Scientific Meeting and Working Group Support