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Important Change in Standard Due Dates for All HHS SBIR/STTR Grant Applications New

December 17, 2014

In an effort to be responsive to the needs of the small business community, congressional mandates, and the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) recommendations, HHS is changing its Standard Due Dates for SBIR/STTR grant applications, and making other internal changes to allow the agency to inform SBIR/STTR grant applicants of the disposition of their applications sooner, and to make funding recommendations and awards sooner on average. 

This change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates.  Applications for Request for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs, PARs, PASs) with special receipt dates continue to be due on the specified dates listed in the FOA.

Current SBIR/STTR Standard Due Dates

Activity Codes Program Application Instructions Cycle I
Due Date
Cycle II
Due Date
Cycle III
Due Date

R41, R42, UT1, UT2

R43, R44, U43, U44,
All - new, renewal, resubmission, revision

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

SF424 (R&R)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/
funding/424/index.htm
April 5 August 5 December 5

 

New SBIR/STTR Standard Due Dates 
* Effective September 5, 2015

Activity Codes Program Application Instructions Cycle I
Due Date
Cycle II
Due Date
Cycle III
Due Date

R41, R42, UT1, UT2

R43, R44, U43, U44,
All - new, renewal, resubmission, revision

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

SF424 (R&R)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/
funding/424/index.htm
September 5 January 5 April 5

 

 

Additionally effective September 5, 2015, HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications will no longer be accepted on AIDS and AIDS-related Due Dates (May 7, September 7, and January 7), as two of the three new due dates are 2 days prior to the current AIDS due dates. 

The current SBIR and STTR Grant Omnibus FOAs, PA-14-071 and PA-14-072 respectively, are being extended one cycle to allow submissions on the current April 5 due date and May 7 AIDS/AIDS-related due date during a transition to the new Standard Due Dates. See NOT-OD-15-036 and NOT-OD-15-037.  

There will not be an August 5, 2015 due date.  The next Standard Due Date after April 5, 2015 is September 5, 2015.

HHS will adjust its timing of the issuance of its next and future Omnibus SBIR and STTR grant solicitations from the January timeframe to the June timeframe to accommodate the new Cycle I due date of September 5.   

All other aspects of all SBIR/STTR FOAs remain the same. For more information, please see NOT-OD-15-038.

 

Sample SBIR Phase I and Phase II Applications from NIAID Now Available 

November 24, 2014

The highly anticipated sample SBIR applications from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have been released! View three examples of successful NIAID SBIR Phase I & Phase II applications.

 

USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program for Eligible Small Businesses 

November 19, 2014

Are you an inventor or small business who has limited resources and needs help applying for a patent on an invention? If so, you may be eligible to receive pro bono (“for free”) attorney representation through the Nationwide Pro Bono Program at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This assistance is available in several IDeA statesFind out more!

 

Amendment 2 for the NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1 Now Posted

October 17, 2014

The PHS 2015-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended to provide 2 revisions to topics in Section 12 of the subject solicitation, and to provide answers to questions received concerning the RFP. The current, revised SBIR Contract RFP can still be found here

Please find details on the funding page of our NIH SBIR/STTR website and on FedBizOpps.  

All contract proposal submissions are due on November 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST and submissions must be on paper (not electronic, not through Grants.gov). Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation. 

We still have our Omnibus SBIR PA-14-071 and STTR PA-14-072 grant solicitations open for the next receipt date of December 5th, 2014.  If you plan on an investigator-initiated submission, use these.

To access the webinar materials from the SBIR Contracts Funding Webinar held on September 18, 2014, click here.

 

The Niche Assessment Program for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I Awardees Has Launched – Apply Now

October 6, 2014

Looking for tailored market research for your technology?

Apply for the Niche Assessment Program

NIH is proud to announce the launch of the Niche Assessment Program that is designed to help small businesses strategically position their technology in the marketplace through an in-depth report on potential applications of a technology. All active NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees (by grant or contract) are eligible to apply.

Technology Niche Analyses® (TNA®) are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, RI, for one hundred thirty six (136), NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees.  Each viable application provides an assessment of the:

  1. Needs and concerns of end-users;
  2. Competing technologies and competing products;
  3. Competitive advantage of the SBIR/STTR-developed technology;
  4. Market size and potential market share (may include national and/or global markets);
  5. Barriers to market entry (may include but is not limited to pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital requirements, etc.);
  6. Market drivers;
  7. Status of market and industry trends;
  8. Potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners; and,
  9. The price customers are likely to pay.

Each participant receives an in-depth report of Foresight's findings.  This information from Niche helps small businesses develop their commercialization plans for their Phase II application, and be exposed to potential partners.

For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-15-003 that was placed in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 6, 2014.

If you are an eligible NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee, complete the online registration form available below to participate in the program:

Apply Today - Registration is on a first come, first serve basis! 

Inquiries:

For assistance regarding the online set-up form, please contact:
Ms. Paula Williams
Project Coordinator
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone: (401) 273-4844, ext. 4001
Fax:  (401) 354-1301
Email:  Paula.Williams@foresightst.com

Specific questions about TNA's may be directed to:
Konstantin Izvolsky, PhD.
Director, Assessments
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone:  (401) 273-4844, ext. 4003
Fax:  (401) 354-1301
Email:  konstantin.izvolsky@foresightst.com

General questions about the Niche Assessment Program may be directed to:
Robert Vinson, Jr.
Assistant Program Manager
NIH SBIR/STTR Program
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
Telephone:  (301) 435-2713
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

 

Webinar to Connect SBIR/STTR Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts - Register Today

October 2, 2014

Do you want to learn how to put your best foot forward when applying for NIH grants? Sign up for the "Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review Webinar for SBIR/STTR applicants."  The NIH Center for Scientific Review has designed this webinar to give new NIH grant applicants and others useful insights into the submission and review processes.  CSR is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific and technical merit.

The webinar will run on November 7, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, including a 30 minute Q&A period.

To learn more and reserve a space in this Webinar, go to the CSR Webinar website.

 

 

The NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1 Has Been Amended

September 12, 2014

The PHS 2015-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended to provide corrections and revisions to Sections 3.1, 3.2, 6.4, 8.3, 9, 10, and 12 of the PHS 2015-1 solicitation. The revised SBIR Contract RFP can be found here

Please find details on the funding page of our NIH SBIR/STTR website and on FedBizOpps

Please remember that all contract proposal submissions are due on November 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. EST and submissions must be on paper (not electronic, not through Grants.gov). Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

We still have our Omnibus SBIR (PA-14-071) and STTR (PA-14-072) grant solicitations open for the next receipt date of December 5th, 2014.  If you plan on an investigator-initiated submission, use these.

If you are interested in learning more about the SBIR Contract Solicitation, NCI, NHLBI, NCATS, and NIAID will hold an informational webinar on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm EDT.

Register here for the SBIR Contracts Webinar: http://bit.ly/FY15ContractsWebinar.

The webinar materials will be posted http://sbir.cancer.gov/resource/downloads/ after the webinar.

 

 

New NIH Grant Policy Affecting Award Payments to Grantee Institutions 

September 8, 2014

A new policy from the NIH Office of Extramural Research will change the way NIH makes payments to grantee institutions. SBIR/STTR’s program phases generally involve award periods typically shorter in length compared with larger research grants awarded to research institutions and universities; so, they should have a comparatively smaller proportion of grants requiring transition from one type of payment account to another during the project’s award period.

Traditionally NIH funding goes to grantee organizations in the U.S. into a single “pooled” account, which they access through the HHS Payment Management System (PMS) to draw down cash and pay for research expenses. Last year the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced all operating divisions – including NIH – would move to a system that uses subaccounts, which means grantees draw down funds from award-specific accounts in the PMS. (Foreign grantee organizations are already on this subaccounting system.) Because the sub-accounting system allows funds to be spent and monitored on a grant-by-grant basis, it allows grantees and NIH to better understand how much money is available for distinct research projects.

As described in the NIH Guide notice announcing this timeline adjustment (NOT-OD-14-103), there are important aspects of this timeline shift that grantees need to be aware of. Grantees must have their financial systems in order to accept subaccount payments by October 1, 2015. Otherwise, awardees will risk losing access to draw down their award funding. There will also be no additional implementation delays, and no exceptions to the new deadline. NIH encourages all awardees to take action now and get their workflow processes ready and streamlined for a smooth transition well before October 1, 2015, because NIH will only use subaccounts to award grant funds for fiscal year 2016 and beyond.

For more information, please read Dr. Sally Rocky’s Rock Talk blog post, More About Subaccounts for NIH Award Payments – We Heard You! If you have questions about this policy, please email NIH Grants Policy at GrantsPolicy@od.nih.gov.

 

 

Deadline Extended until 9/9 for the NIH Commercialization Assistance Program Application 

September 2, 2014

CAP Application Deadline Extended Until September 9th

Discover how CAP can help you achieve sustainable growth – Apply Now

New Application Deadline:  September 9th, 2014             

 Selection to Program:  Applicants will start to get notified on September 15th  

The NIH Commercialization Assistance Program’s application deadline has been extended until September 9, 2014.  Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in this personalized and highly transformative mentoring and training program that is only available to small businesses with eligible Phase II SBIR or STTR awards funded by the NIH, CDC and FDA.

The Commercialization Assistance Program, or CAP, is designed to help some of NIH’s most promising small life science and healthcare Phase II grantees develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR/STTR-funded technologies into the marketplace. Over the past 9 years, CAP has trained over 750 companies. 

Some of the CAP outcomes include:

  • $586,060,324 raised in non-governmental funding from 2004-2011 
  • 26 companies had merger and acquisition exits to date
  • 584 deals from 2004-2012, defined as signed legal documents committing partners to a process, timeframe and outcome, including: acquisitions; distribution agreements; investments; licensing agreements and technical collaborations
  • 1,687 new jobs created by 355 companies from 2004 – 2011
  • Thousands of strategic partnerships formed from introductions to a vast CAP network

For additional CAP successes, please view: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/CAP-Impact_2014.pdf

How it Works? 
The CAP deploys industry experts with current working knowledge of their domain areas and understanding of current market and regulatory trends to help companies evaluate their need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships and licensing opportunities, as well as articulate a compelling business case for their technology and gain helpful networking opportunities. 

The application is short and takes less than an hour:

Apply today: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/application.htm

If you have additional questions about CAP, a recording of a CAP Informational Webinar held on 8/15 is available on the CAP Application Portal upon registration. The webinar was presented by Dr. Lenka Fedorkova, NIH’s SBIR-STTR Program Manager who manages the CAP, Rohit Shukla, CEO and Founder of Larta, Inc., and Judy Hsieh, Senior Program Manager at Larta, Inc., who is providing business assistance and expertise rendered under the CAP.

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the CAP website http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/index.htm and the NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-110 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-110.html) published on August 4, 2014.

 

 

New Early Bird Registration Has Been Extended until September 5th – Register Now to Save

August 27, 2014

Looking for specific application advice about your technology?

Attend the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference in Albuquerque, NM

The early bird registration discount has been extended until September 5th – take advantage of this cost-saving opportunity! Register for the 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR conference (www.sbir2014.com) that will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 – 23, 2014.

Check out the 2014 conference website (www.sbir2014.com) for specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings. You can also find information about the 18 NIH Institutes and Centers, and the CDC and FDA representatives that are planning to take part in the one-on-one meetings (http://sbir2014.com/one-on-one-meetings/).

Make the Most of the Conference with These Simple Tips:

  • Have your questions ready – NIH SBIR/STTR program managers will provide individualized advice about your technology and application through the one-on-on meetings.
  • Register for the “Pitch Fiesta,” hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and put your innovative idea to the test. You could win up to $3,000. Find out more: http://sbir2014.com/pitch-fiesta/.
  • Stay Connected! Follow us on twitter at @NIHsbir and promote the conference with the #SBIRconf hashtag.
  • Discover the attractions and activities you can do in Albuquerque: http://sbir2014.com/visit-albuquerque/.

Register Today for the Early Bird Discount! (https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1562157)

Early-bird registration rate of $350 has been extended until September 5th

 

 

Now Posted: 2015 Omnibus NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1

August 15, 2014

The 2015 Omnibus NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2015-1 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRContract/PHS2015-1.pdf) has been posted.

Please see the NIH SBIR website (http://sbir.nih.gov) for details and solicitation. The solicitation is also posted in FedBizOpps at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/NIAID/PHS-2015-1/listing.html.

A NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-120 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-120.html) was also released today, which describes the solicitation and also provides the necessary links and information.

The deadline for contract proposal submissions is Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. ET and submissions must be on paper (not electronic, not through Grants.gov). Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation.

We still have our Omnibus SBIR (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-071.html) and STTR (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-072.html) grant solicitations open for the next receipt date of December 5, 2014.  If you plan on an investigator-initiated submission, use these.

 

 

One Week Left for the Early Bird Registration Discount for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

August 15, 2014

Interested in interactive workshops and one-on-one meetings with NIH SBIR/STTR subject matter experts?

Don’t miss the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference in Albuquerque, NM

Take advantage of the early bird registration rate by registering now for the 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR conference (www.sbir2014.comexit disclaimer icon) that will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 – 23, 2014.  

Hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (http://hsc.unm.edu/exit disclaimer icon), this three day event is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers and private sector representatives to learn more about the NIH SBIR/STTR programs and ways to obtain funding for commercially viable research.

Check out the NIH Institutes and Centers that are planning to take part in the one-on-one meetings (http://sbir2014.com/agencies/exit disclaimer icon), and the 2014 conference website (www.sbir2014.comexit disclaimer icon) for more specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings.  

Attend this Conference to:

  • Understand NIH SBIR/STTR programs and funding opportunities, including recent changes to the program as a result of the 2011 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization. 
  • Network with NIH staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers through one-on-one meetings.
  • Learn about the NIH application, review and award process through interactive sessions.
  • Discover how effective public and private partnerships help accelerate innovations.
  • Find out effective strategies for pitching to investors and developing strategic partnerships with healthcare organizations and corporations.

Register Today Before the Early Bird Discount Ends!(https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1562157exit disclaimer icon)

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 22, 2014.

Connect with Us on Twitter: #SBIRConf

 

 

Register Today for NIAID's Small Business SBIR/STTR Workshop

August 15, 2014

Does your small business have a research idea related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases?

Don’t miss the NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop!

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH will have their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 4 – 5, 2014.

The purpose of the NIAID Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about federal and non-federal resources available, with a special emphasis on the commercialization and development of technologies related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

The workshop will give SBCs the knowledge and tools they need to fully comply with the NIH SBIR and STTR policies and regulations. The workshop will be a great opportunity for SBCs to learn more about the NIAID SBIR/STTR programs, including new updates and procedures. It will also allow SBCs an opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers. The researchers will benefit significantly from the provided guidance, which will help them write successful SBIR/STTR proposals relevant to technology commercialization. 

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers, and academics

What: NIAID Small Business Workshop

When: September 4 – 5, 2014

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel: Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway  Cambridge Massachusetts 02142 USAexit disclaimer icon

Why: Learn about federal non-dilutive research opportunities for your small business, including updates to NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs.

Register Today: https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/SmallBusiness

Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop.

 

 

NIH Launches the Commercialization Assistance Program for Phase II SBIR and STTR Awardees

August 4, 2014

The National Institutes of Health Launches the 10th Year of the Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for NIH, CDC, and FDA Phase II SBIR and STTR Awardees.

Application Deadline:   September 2, 2014 Selection to Program:   September 15, 2014

Apply Today: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/application.htm

The NIH Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) is a nationwide program funded by NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Innovation Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Office.  Assisting U.S. small businesses is a top priority for the NIH in ensuring the success of the SBIR/STTR programs and maximizing the agency's investment. CAP is a specialized technical assistance program designed to help promising small life science and health care companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR/STTR developed technologies into the marketplace. Services are provided by Larta Inc. (http://www.larta.org/exit disclaimer icon) of Los Angeles, CA.

Beginning in September 2014, CAP will provide eighty (80) selected companies with individualized business assistance by Larta Inc. Eligible companies must have an active NIH, CDC, or FDA SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIB or Fast-track award in its second Phase or have an NIH, CDC or FDA SBIR/STTR Phase II, Phase IIB, or Fast-tract that has not ended before August 2009. 

How Does CAP Work?

To provide assistance that is appropriate to each participant’s needs, three parallel tracks are offered:

  • Commercialization Training Track (CTT) is appropriate for the majority of NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II companies. CTT is aimed at assisting participants with evaluating their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships or licensing) and to develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.  It also assists participants in the development of market-appropriate tools to accomplish these objectives. The CTT runs for nine months affording each participant the opportunity to receive critiques from industry experts during a feedback session on their commercialization strategy. The CTT culminates with an 18-month strategic action plan presentation.  
  • Accelerated Commercialization Track (ACT) applies to a select group of NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II companies who have successfully commercialized (or sold) products and/or services, generated revenue, established partnerships and/or otherwise achieved a level of market development that is sustainable over a definitive period.  However, they may be lacking in a specific, applicable issue (such as a solid regulatory plan, a license-focused IP strategy or a term sheet for investors), whose resolution is key to their continued growth.  This track uses industry experts to help participants achieve these outcomes.
  • Regulatory Training Track (RTT) – This track will apply to a selected group of NIH-funded companies whose technologies require regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These companies are either preparing for initial engagement with and submission to the FDA or have already done so but may need to address specific applicable issues related to their application, developing a solid regulatory plan, or addressing feedback from the FDA in order to move their technology development along toward achieving regulatory milestones and approval. This track specifically deploys regulatory business experts to help participants achieve these outcomes.

What Should Participants Expect?

  • One-on-one business mentoring with a principal adviser focusing on concrete deliverables.
  • Practical and action-oriented advice from industry experts on regulatory, licensing issues, business strategy, investor and partnership pitches, and more.
  • The ability to fully articulate a compelling case for market channels relevant to your business and to develop a clear understanding of your potential customers, partners, investors and competitors. 
  • To work individually at your own pace with an assigned industry expert called the Principal Adviser (PA) and other current industry experts. The CAP is a 9-month mentoring and training program. It is not a curriculum-based approach and should not be perceived as continuous 9 months of engagement.
  • To involve the company CEO, whose participation is highly encouraged and expected in this program. The commitment of time and resources with management support is vital.
  • Great networking opportunities, which you can leverage well into the future.
  • To participate in three separate program outcomes tracking over an 18 month period after the CAP concludes in June 2015.

Note:  CAP participation is free of charge; however, participants are responsible for travel and lodging expenses associated with attending workshops. NOTE: NIH will not provide additional funding for this purpose; but, participants with a currently active Phase II SBIR/STTR award may rebudget funds within the total costs awarded to cover allowable travel expenses for CAP events without NIH prior approval unless the rebudgeting action constitutes a change in scope or if the terms of award prohibit the use of funds for this purpose. Companies should contact their grants management officer with related inquiries.  

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit the CAP website (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/index.htm) and the NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-110(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-110.html) published on August 4, 2014.

Inquiries:

For program questions, please contact:

Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D.
CAP Manager

SBIR/STTR Assistant Manager
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institutes of Health
Phone:  (301) 435-0921
sbir@od.nih.gov

For technical assistance with CAP application, please contact:

Judy Hsieh
Senior Program Manager
Larta, Inc.
Phone:  (213) 538-1444
jhsieh@larta.orgexit disclaimer icon

 

 

Top 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Application Submission Errors

July 7, 2014

Did you know…

These top five eRA Commons errors account for approximately 80% of the total errors for SBIR/STTR grant submissions?

Developing an NIH SBIR or STTR grant application requires a lot of hard work and multiple steps. Once you’ve written your application, you must be able to successfully submit it electronically and error-free so NIH can review it.

Take some time to review these top five eRA Commons Submission errors in advance of the next NIH SBIR/STTR deadline on April 7, 2014. Doing so will help save precious time and ensure your application moves forward for review.

Please use the Annotated SF424 Form set for SBIR/STTR applications along with these tips to guide you during the electronic submission process. The annotated form set provides step-by-step instructions of which fields to complete and aligns with the information below.

Top 5 eRA Commons Submission Errors:

Error #1: Each Senior/Key Person listed must include effort of value > 0 in calendar months, or academic and summer months

  • NOT 0 effort.
  • Be sure to describe the source of key personnel funding in the Budget Justification if $0 salary is listed.

Error #2: All application attachments must be in PDF format

  • Use simple PDF-formatted files (no Word files)
    • Do not use Portfolio or similar feature to bundle multiple files into a single PDF
    • Disable security features such as password protection 
  • Keep file names to 50 characters or less and use only letters, numbers, underscore, hyphen, space and period
  • Use meaningful filenames and follow guidelines for fonts and margins
  • Do not include headers or footers

Error #3: eRA Commons username must be supplied in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page

  • For multiple PD/PI applications, select the PD/PI role for each PI and provide their eRA Commons username in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page
  • This field is required for NIH grant submissions.

Error #4: NIH requires the Organization name for all Senior/Key listed. The application pre-populates for PI, but NOT other key personnel

Error #5: The Federal Identifier on the Cover Page should include only the IC and serial number of the prior grant number

  • Federal Identifier: If box 1=Application and box 8=New, then leave blank
  • If box 1=Changed/Corrected and box 8=New, then enter previous Grants.gov tracking number
  • Otherwise, use Institute and serial # of previous NIH grant/app (e.g., use CA987654 from 1R01CA987654-01)

Other helpful tips to remember:

  • Corrective submissions must be made BEFORE the submission deadline and overwrite previous submissions.
    • Errors stop application processing and must be corrected
    • Warnings do not stop application processing and are corrected at the discretion of the applicant
  • Talk to an NIH Program Officer about your application and SUBMIT EARLY (days not hours and minutes)!
  • If you have questions, please contact the eRA Commons Help Desk:
    • Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
    • Phone: 301-402-7469
    • Hours : Mon-Fri, 7a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Don’t wait until the last minute to try and submit your application electronically. Registration itself can take between 6-8 weeks, and any application submission error can keep your application from processing. Plan ahead to ensure your application moves forward successfully and reduce last minute submission stress.  Good luck! 

 

 

Save the Date for the NICHD SBIR/STTR Workshop on September 22nd in Washington, DC

July 2, 2014

Has your small business thought about applying your scientific expertise, technical capacity and manufacturing capability to address research ideas related to improving the health of children, women and persons with disabilities?

Don’t miss the 2014 NICHD SBIR/STTR Workshop – Registration Opens on July 21st

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will conduct their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Washington, DC on Monday, September 22, 2014.

The purpose of the NICHD Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about the new and emerging priorities of the Branches at the Institute.

Anyone interested in learning more about NICHD’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers and academics are welcome.

Attend this Workshop to:

  • Learn about the topics of interest to NICHD’s SBIR/STTR programs.
  • Stay updated on recent NICHD changes and procedures.
  • Network with NICHD program officers during one-on-one meetings.

Registration Opens on July 21, 2014!

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Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park2660 Woodley Road, NW Washington, DC, 20008.

For further information, please contact:

Louis Quatrano, Ph.D., NICHD SBIR Program Coordinator; quatranol@mail.nih.gov,

Or visit NICHD’s SBIR/STTR website: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/grants-funding/opportunities-mechanisms/mechanisms-types/small-business-mechanisms/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Register Today for the 2014 NIH SBIR/STTR Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM

June 24, 2014

The NIH SBIR/STTR Conference Website Has Launched - www.sbir2014.com

Join us for the 16th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference that will be held in Albuquerque, NM on October 21 – 23, 2014. This year's three day conference, "Land of Achievement: Extending the Reach of Science with the SBIR/STTR Programs," will be hosted by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (http://hsc.unm.edu/).

At this event, you will hear presentations from NIH program staff and other experts, gain opportunities for one-on-one meetings with staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers, and be invited to a "Pitch Fest" networking reception. This conference will feature workshops and interactive sessions that will assist you in the funding process.

Check out the 2014 conference website (www.sbir2014.comexit disclaimer icon) for more specifics about the agenda, speakers and session offerings. The conference will include three tracks "Navigating through SBIR/STTRs," "Circumventing the Hurdles" and "Path to Commercialization."

Attend this Conference to:

  • Understand NIH SBIR/STTR program and funding opportunities, including recent changes to the program as a result of the 2011 SBIR/STTR Reauthorization.
  • Network with NIH staff representing most NIH Institutes and Centers through one-on-one meetings.
  • Learn about the NIH application, review and award process.
  • Find out effective strategies for pitching to investors and developing strategic partnerships with healthcare organizations and corporations.

Register Today! (https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1562157)exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 22, 2014.

Connect with Us on Twitter: #SBIRConf, @NIHsbir

The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors.

 

 

Submit Your Comments to NIDCR to Improve the SBIR and STTR Programs

June 13, 2014

NIDCR Wants Your Input to Improve the SBIR/STTR Programs

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is the Federal Government's lead agency for supporting scientific research on oral, dental and craniofacial health and disease. NIDCR's mission is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research and research training, and by sharing science-based health information with the public and health care professionals.

NIDCR has issued a request for information from a broad pool of stakeholders in the dental, oral and craniofacial research and business communities that may assist NIDCR staff with enriching the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research programs.

NIDCR would like public comment on the below topics and ask the responses be directed specifically to the dental, craniofacial and oral health product market space.

Please note that the comments can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Impediments to innovation and commercialization of dental products, therapeutics and services and comments for enhancement;
  • Perceived barriers to securing SBIR/STTR grants;
  • Comments relating to the dental practitioner, other health care professional or distributor of dental products and services.

You can find a more detailed list and additional information in the NOT-DE-14-006 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DE-14-006.html).

All responses must be submitted via email to NIDCRsmallbusiness@mail.nih.gov by July 31, 2014.  Please include the Notice number NOT-DE-14-006 in the subject line. Response to this RFI is voluntary.

Please direct all inquiries to: R. Dwayne Lunsford, PhD National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Telephone: 301-594-2421 Email: lunsfordr@nidcr.nih.gov

 

 

REACH Webinar Materials Now Available Online

May 20, 2014

We are glad to announce that resources from the REACH Awards Webinar have been posted online (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/webinar_docs/webinar_20140514.htm).  We had over 320 people participate in the webinar and want to thank everyone for your support.

You may find the webinar resources on our NIH SBIR/STTR website (http://sbir.nih.gov) under the News Flash, and on the NIH Office of Extramural Research’s webinars page (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/upcoming_webinars.htm).

The following webinar resources are available:

Thank you for everyone that attended the webinar! Please send any questions you have to Kurt Marek, Ph.D. at kurt.marek@nih.gov

 

 

Registration for NIAID's Small Business Workshop is Now Open

May 19, 2014

Does your small business have a research idea related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases?

Don’t miss the NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop!

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH will have their 2014 Small Business Workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 4 – 5, 2014.

The purpose of the NIAID Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about federal and non-federal resources available, with a special emphasis on the commercialization and development of technologies related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

The workshop will give SBCs the knowledge and tools they need to fully comply with the NIH SBIR and STTR policies and regulations. The workshop will be a great opportunity for SBCs to learn more about the NIAID SBIR/STTR program, including new updates and procedures. It will also allow SBCs an opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers. The researchers will benefit significantly from the provided guidance, which will help them write successful SBIR/STTR proposals relevant to technology commercialization. 

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about NIAID’s SBIR and STTR Programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers, academics, etc.

What: NIAID Small Business Workshop

When: September 4 – 5, 2014

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge hotel

Two Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway Cambridge  Massachusetts  02142 USAexit disclaimer icon

Why: Learn about federal non-dilutive research opportunities for your small business, including updates to NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs.

Registration website is open https://respond.niaid.nih.gov/conferences/SmallBusiness!

Please note: There are no registration fees for this workshop.

 

 

New SBIR/STTR Application Forms Now Mandatory for August 5 Due Date and Beyond

May 13, 2014

SBIR/STTR Applicants Now Required to Use FORMS-C for August 5 Receipt Date and Beyond

NIH has recently updated the SBIR/STTR grant application forms (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm) to remain current with the Grants.gov form sets and the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget. Application form sets contain the set of forms or data that the applicant must complete and submit to apply for an FOA.

NIH refers to the updated forms as 'FORMS-C', and they are required for SBIR/STTR applications submitted to due dates on or after August 5, 2014. The updated forms will be available in all active SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements by May 16, 2014. Please read NOT-OD-14-089 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-089.html) for details.

To see a description of all of the changes to FORMS-C, please click here:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/FORMS-C_Changes.pdf.

To learn more about choosing the correct application form packages, please read:http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/right_forms.pdf.

SBIR/STTR Application Guide and Supplemental Grant Application Instructions

The SBIR/STTR SF424 (R&R) Application Guide has also been updated to accommodate the FORMS-C changes. Applicants should read the “Forms Version C” SBIR/STTR Application Guide and Supplemental Grant Application Instructions (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm) before getting started on an application.

If you have any questions about any of these changes, please email sbir@od.nih.gov, or contact the eRA Commons Help Desk: http://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html

 

 

Important Changes to NIH’s Resubmission Policy – Learn How It Affects Your SBIR/STTR Application

April 21, 2014

On April 17, 2014, NIH released their new resubmission policy that may affect SBIR and STTR applicants. Before April 16, 2014, NIH permitted one resubmission (A1) of an unfunded application (see NOT-OD-09-016).  The extension on the NIH grant number could follow the pattern (A0, A1).  A first-time submission is informally referred to as an A0, and the first resubmission is known as an A1.  Any virtual A2s would be flagged by the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

For all application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate new application due date (see NOT-OD-14-082).

Resubmissions (A1) must be submitted within 37 months of the new (A0) application (see NOT-OD-10-140).  For more details on the Resubmission Policy, visit the Resubmissions webpage and the Resubmissions of NIH Applications FAQs

How does NIH’s current resubmission policy affect SBIR/STTR Applicants?

Please review the four case studies for Phase I, Phase II/Phase IIB, Fast-Track, and Direct Phase II to understand how the current NIH resubmission policy relates to SBIR/STTR applicants.

  • Phase I
    • A Phase I application is a 'Type 1' or "New" application.  When the applicant submits a New Phase I application (A0) and it is not funded, the applicant can address reviewer comments and submit as a Resubmission A1 for the next appropriate application due date, or they can submit a New application (A0).
  • Fast-Track
    • A Fast-track application is also a “Type 1” or “New” application and follows the same rules as a Phase I.  If a New Fast-track (A0) is not funded, the applicant can address reviewer comments and submit as a Resubmission Fast-track A1, or they can submit a New Fast-track (A0) for the next appropriate application due date.
    • If the Fast-track (A0 or A1) was not funded, the applicant can also revise down the scope of their application and submit as a New Phase I (A0).
  • Phase II/Phase IIB
    • A Phase II and Phase IIB are considered “Type 2” or “Renewal” applications.  If an applicant does not get funded on the first submission (A0), they can re-submit an A1 for a Phase II/IIB.
    • If a Phase II or Phase IIB resubmission (Type 2, A1) is not funded, the applicant may submit a New Phase I, Fast-track, or SBIR Direct Phase II (Type 1, A0). However, the project will lose any association with the previously funded grant, and the New project must be substantially different than the previous project to avoid duplicative funding. If the applicant decides to submit a SBIR Direct Phase II, they must also have previously completed the Phase I equivalent work without any SBIR/STTR funds.
  • Direct Phase II
    • A Direct Phase II application is considered a “Type 1” or “New” application, but in order to be eligible for a Direct Phase II, the small business applicant must demonstrate the Phase I equivalence of their preliminary data in their Direct Phase II application.  If a New SBIR Direct Phase II (A0) is not funded, the applicant can address reviewer comments and submit as a Resubmission SBIR Direct Phase II A1, or they can submit a SBIR New Direct Phase II (A0) for the next appropriate application due date. The small business applicant is not able to apply for a new Phase I or Fast-track (A0) unless they substantially change their project scope to prevent funding for a Phase I-like work already completed by the applicant.

For more information, check out the NIH SBIR/STTR FAQ webpage specifically about how the revised resubmission policy affects SBIR/STTR applicants. 

 

 

Meet SBIR Program Officers from all 11 SBIR Agencies at the #NatlSBIR Conference!

April 16, 2014

The Spring National SBIR/STTR Conferenceexit disclaimer iconwill take place June 16-18, 2014, at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at Washington DC National Harbor.  At this conference, attendees will learn from senior SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to participate and compete for funding in each of the government's SBIR/STTR programs, which focus specifically on commercializing technological innovations.

This conference will be the year's largest gathering of SBIR/STTR Agencies, industry leaders, veteran SBIR/STTR awardees, and aspiring entrepreneurs, with emphasis on opening the SBIR/STTR pipeline to newcomers. 

The NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office and 15 NIH SBIR/STTR Institute and Center (IC) representatives and the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) personnel will be available for one-on-ones. We will have an NIH SBIR/STTR booth and be speaking throughout the conference – more details to come!

Highlights include:

  • 1 on 1 meetings with 25+ SBIR Agencies
  • 20+ sessions featuring  Agencies, SBIR/STTR Awardees, Industry partners, and Program experts
  • Pre-Conference Courses on Must-Know Small Business Basics for SBIR/STTR pursuit
  • Exhibit Hall featuring SBIR/STTR Agency Pavilion, F1000 Companies, Universities, and SBIR/STTR-Funded Companies.

Early bird registration rate of $395 until April 18 –Register todayexit disclaimer icon!

The Gaylord Hotel is also offeringGaylord Hotel discounted room ratesexit disclaimer iconfor SBIR/STTR Conference Attendees.

The SBIR/STTR Conference is co-located with the National Innovation Summit and TechConnect World Conference & Expo, which features hundreds of business and scientific presentations from around the world. Those interested in attending all 3 conferences can register using the discount code 14SBA100 to receive $100 off the full conference rate.

Please share this information with your networks.  We look forward to seeing you at The Gaylord - National Harbor this June!

 

 

Top 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Application Submission Errors

March 24, 2014

Did you know…

These top five eRA Commons errors account for approximately 80% of the total errors for SBIR/STTR grant submissions?

Developing an NIH SBIR or STTR grant application requires a lot of hard work and multiple steps. Once you’ve written your application, you must be able to successfully submit it electronically and error-free so NIH can review it.  

Take some time to review these top five eRA Commons Submission errors in advance of the next NIH SBIR/STTR deadline on April 7, 2014. Doing so will help save precious time and ensure your application moves forward for review.

Please use the Annotated SF424 Form set for SBIR/STTR applications along with these tips to guide you during the electronic submission process. The annotated form set provides step-by-step instructions of which fields to complete and aligns with the information below.

Top 5 eRA Commons Submission Errors:

Error #1: Each Senior/Key Person listed must include effort of value > 0 in calendar months, or academic and summer months

  • It’s okay to put 0 dollars (no salary), but NOT 0 effort.
  • Be sure to describe the source of key personnel funding in the Budget Justification if $0 salary is listed.

Error #2: All application attachments must be in PDF format

  • Use simple PDF-formatted files (no Word files)
    • Do not use Portfolio or similar feature to bundle multiple files into a single PDF
    • Disable security features such as password protection 
  • Keep file names to 50 characters or less and use only letters, numbers, underscore, hyphen, space and period
  • Use meaningful filenames and follow guidelines for fonts and margins
  • Do not include headers or footers

Error #3: eRA Commons username must be supplied in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page

  • For multiple PD/PI applications, select the PD/PI role for each PI and provide their eRA Commons username in the Credential field of Senior/Key Person Page
  • This field is required for NIH grant submissions.

Error #4: NIH requires the Organization name for all Senior/Key listed. The application pre-populates for PI, but NOT other key personnel

Error #5: The Federal Identifier on the Cover Page should include only the IC and serial number of the prior grant number

  • Federal Identifier: If box 1=Application and box 8=New, then leave blank
  • If box 1=Changed/Corrected and box 8=New, then enter previous Grants.gov tracking number
  • Otherwise, use Institute and serial # of previous NIH grant/app (e.g., use CA987654 from 1R01CA987654-01)

Other helpful tips to remember:

  • Corrective submissions must be made BEFORE the submission deadline and overwrite previous submissions.
    • Errors stop application processing and must be corrected
    • Warnings do not stop application processing and are corrected at the discretion of the applicant
  • Talk to an NIH Program Officer about your application and SUBMIT EARLY (days not hours and minutes)!
  • If you have questions, please contact the eRA Commons Help Desk:
    • Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
    • Phone: 301-402-7469
    • Hours : Mon-Fri, 7a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Don’t wait until the last minute to try and submit your application electronically. Registration itself can take between 6-8 weeks, and any application submission error can keep your application from processing. Plan ahead to ensure your application moves forward successfully and reduce last minute submission stress.  Good luck! 

 

 

Save the Date: NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop in Cambridge, MA on 9/4 and 9/5

March 24, 2014

Does your small business have a research idea related to infectious diseases?

Don’t miss the NIAID SBIR/STTR Workshop! 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH will have their 2014 NIAID Small BusinessWorkshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 4 – 5, 2014.

The purpose of the NIAID Small Business Workshop is to bring together and inform small business concerns (SBCs) about federal and non-federal resources available, with a special emphasis on the

commercialization and development of technologies related to infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.

The workshop will give SBCs the knowledge and tools they need to fully comply with the NIH SBIR and STTR policies and regulations. The workshop will be a great opportunity for SBCs to learn more about the NIAID SBIR/STTR programs, including new updates and procedures. It will also allow SBCs an opportunity to network and have one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers. The researchers will benefit significantly from the provided guidance, which will help them write successful SBIR/STTR proposals relevant to technology commercialization.

Who: Anyone interested in learning more about NIAID’s SBIR and STTR Programs, including small business owners, researchers, state and local government representatives, small business development centers, academics, etc.

What: NIAID Small Business Workshop

When: September 4 – 5, 2014

Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Why: Learn about federal non-dilutive research opportunities for your small business, including updates to NIAID’s SBIR and STTR programs.

Please stay tuned for more information, including the agenda and registration website.

 

 

NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar Resources Now Available

March 14, 2014

We are glad to announce that resources from the NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar have been posted online. We had over 980 people participate in the webinar and want to thank everyone for your support. 

The following webinar resources are available

  • Webinar Recording, which includes the Question and Answer Session;
  • PowerPoint Slides;
  • Transcript. 

Please click here to access them:

Thank you for everyone that attended the webinar and has filled out the feedback questionnaire. We received a lot of helpful suggestions, including ideas about future webinars – everyone please stay tuned! 

 

 

Save the Date: 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference on Oct 21 – 23, 2014

March 13, 2014

Mark your calendars for the 16th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that will be held on Tuesday, October 21 – Thursday, October 23, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We are excited to announce that this year’s hosts will be theUniversity of New Mexico Health Science Centerexit disclaimer icon(UNM HSC), which is the largest academic health complex in the state.  The UNM HSC is located on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Who should come?

Three different tracks will be offered on a variety of topics, making it idea for SBIR/STTR newcomers, early-stage life science small businesses, and businesses that are looking for their next commercialization step, including follow-on Phase IIB funding, strategic partnerships and outside investors.

We also welcome undergraduate and graduate students, women-owned small business and small disadvantaged businesses!  There will be sessions and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare and submit an application to the NIH.

Get ready for sunshine and SBIR and STTR – stay tuned for details! We expect registration to open around May. 

 

 

Important Information for the NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar

March 5, 2014

Thank you to everyone that has shown interest and registered for our upcoming NIH SBIR/STTR Presubmission Update Webinar to be held tomorrow, March 6, from 1 – 2:30 ET.

We have had an overwhelming amount of interest in this webinar and want to send an important note about joining tomorrow. The GotoWebinar technology cannot accommodate over 1,000 attendees, and due to the high number of registrations, everyone that registered may not be able to join.

Here are important things to remember:

  • Join early - We recommend logging-on up to 15 minutes before the start of the webinar. This will increase your likelihood of getting a seat.
  • If you are not able to log-in tomorrow due to high attendance numbers, we will be posting the webinar recording, PowerPoint slide deck and the transcript in a week or so on http://sbir.nih.gov.

We are looking very forward to the webinar! If you have any questions, please email us at sbir@od.nih.gov

 

 

Attend the Upcoming NIH SBIR/STTR Webinar on Pre-Submission Updates

February 21, 2014

Attend the NIH SBIR/STTR Pre-Submission Update Webinar on March 6, 2014, from 1 – 2:30 pm ET to learn how the recent Reauthorization changes to NIH's SBIR and STTR programs can affect your small business' application in advance of the next receipt date that’s on April 7, 2014. 

NIH's SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator Dr. Matthew Portnoy will discuss the registration and submission process for the SBIR and STTR programs, common submission errors, eligibility requirements for small businesses including new changes, SBIR Direct Phase II, switching between SBIR and STTR, and other relevant updates. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.

Attend this webinar to:

Register Today!

Did You Know….The upcoming SBIR and STTR application deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014, at 5 p.m. local time (since April 5, 2014, falls on a Saturday). 

 

 

New SBIR/STTR Reauth Provisions Launched: SBIR and STTR Switching & Pilot Direct SBIR Phase II

February 6, 2014

NIH has implemented two additional measures as a result of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Reauthorization Act of 2011.

1. NIH SBIR and STTR applicants may now switch programs at Phase II or Phase IIB.

Effective February 1, 2014, applicants may ‘switch’ programs at Phase II or Phase IIB to any active and open NIH SBIR or STTR solicitation, including the 2014 SBIR (PA-14-071) and STTR (PA-14-072) Omnibus, and anytargeted funding opportunity. This means that:

  • Phase I STTR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase II.
  • Phase I SBIR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase II.
  • Phase II STTR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase IIB.
  • Phase II SBIR Awardees may apply for NIH SBIR or STTR Phase IIB.

Please note that not all NIH Institutes and Centers accept Phase IIB applications. Applicants must follow the all the rules and policies for the program and solicitation for which they are applying.  The employment status of the PI, sub-contracting rules, etc., must be adhered to for the Phase II or IIB application to the opposite program.

Applicants are also strongly advised to discuss this option with their program officer well in advance of any due date. For more information, please see Guide Notice NOT-14-048

2. NIH has issued a Pilot SBIR Direct to Phase II solicitation, PAR-14-088.

NIH has also issued a pilot SBIR Direct to Phase II solicitation PAR-14-088, which permits small businesses to receive a Phase II award even if they have not previously received a Phase I award for the research/research and development of their technology. In order to be eligible for the Pilot SBIR Direct Phase II award, the small business must have performed the Phase I stage-type of research through other funding sources.

The Direct-to-Phase II authority is not available to the STTR program and not available for the CDC, FDA, and ACF SBIR programs. Only the NIH Institutes and Centers listed in Components of Participating Organizations within the solicitation will accept Direct-to-Phase II SBIR submissions.

Please read the solicitation carefully, paying particular attention to instructions specific to this program.  Applicants are strongly advised to discuss this option with their program officer well in advance of any due date.

For additional questions about the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 or any of these recent provisions, please email sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

HHS 2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations Now Available

January 17, 2014

The 2014 Omnibus Grant Solicitations of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF are now available for the SBIR and STTR programs (NIH only).

Please note that applicants may now switch between the SBIR and STTR programs for the Omnibus solicitation and all NIH SBIR/STTR funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). An FOA for a Direct SBIR Phase II will be coming soon – stay tuned to the NIH SBIR homepagefor details.

Please find the 2014 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources below:

Standard Application Due Dates: April 5, August 5, and December 5, 2014. AIDS and AIDS-related Application Due Dates: May 7 2014, September 7 2014, January 7, 2015.

Details are located in the Funding Opportunity Table of our NIH SBIR website. Small business concerns (SBCs) may also check the Special Announcements Table on the NIH SBIR website for targeted NIH SBIR/STTR FOAs issued by individual Institutes and Centers (ICs). 

 

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