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Now Posted: HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) Materials  New

August 25, 2015

The HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials are now posted! The HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation and accompanying documents are located on our Funding page. You may find the webinar resources on our Engage and Connect page, News page and the NIH Office of Extramural Research’s webinars page

Thanks to everyone that joined the webinar! 
 

Early Bird Registration has been extended until September 9th  New

August 24, 2015

Don’t miss the largest NIH SBIR/STTR event of the year!

You are invited to the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that will be held in Seattle, Washington on October 27 – 29, 2015. Due to overwhelming demand, the Early Bird Registration Rate of $350 has been extended to Wednesday, September 9th.

Highlights of this year’s conference include a:

  • SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Section. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Peer Review Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business peer review study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. SBIR/STTR Mock Peer Review Study Section Meeting. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. 

  • Half-day Human Subjects Workshop. Does your research include human subjects? This session will provide you with the knowledge and information necessary to get your NIH grant application or research protocols to pass reviews for human research protections. It will focus on clarifying confusion about federal requirements and will provide practical tips and solutions to problems and difficulties commonly encountered during such reviews. 

  • Women-Owned and Socially, Economically Disadvantaged Business Applicant Workshop. Join NIH SBIR/STTR program staff, successful applicants, and potential partners for this interactive half-day workshop on ways to develop a successful application and build a sustainable business. The workshop is broken into three sections: 

    Lessons Learned from Successful Applicants: Navigating the Application Process 
    Advice from Potential Funding Partners
    Lessons Learned from Successful Companies: Navigating Commercialization

  • Phase I and Phase II Application Proposal Development Workshops. You’ve got a great idea. It will change the world! All you need to do is write the proposal to get your project launched with SBIR/STTR funding. But writing the proposal is pretty difficult. Or is it? Join Lisa Kurek with BBC in this interactive workshop to help you develop an award-winning application. 

Don’t take our word for it – check out the agenda for yourself exit disclaimer icon: The conference is broken into three tracks to meet the needs of varying levels of experience with SBIR/STTR: Track 1: Navigating through SBIR/STTR; Track 2: Circumventing the Hurdles, and Track 3: Path to Commercialization. The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR/STTR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors. 

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Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until September 9, 2015.
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The NIH CAP Is Now Accepting Applications from HHS SBIR/STTR Phase II Awardees  

August 18, 2015

Learn How the NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) Can Help Your Small Business Achieve Commercial Success

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) (previously known as the Commercialization Assistance Program) is designed to help HHS SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR and STTR developed products into the marketplace. Through a contract with Larta Inc. of Los Angeles, California, the CAP will provide early stage companies with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals. More details can be found in NOT-OD-15-144.

The CAP helps small businesses evaluate their commercialization options based on their specific technologies (including the need and prospect for investment, strategic partnerships, or licensing) and helps them develop a solid market-entry plan covering an 18-month period.

CAP is customized to meet the needs of participating companies in three distinct tracks: the Commercialization Transition Track (CTT) for emerging companies; and the Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT); and the Regulatory Training Track (RTT) for “seasoned” companies. The CAP's eighty (80) available slots will be distributed between the three tracks.

The 2015 CAP Application Portal has just launched, and eligible companies may now apply to participate by completing a short online application that should take an average of no more than 30-60 minutes to fill-out.

Application Deadline: September 11, 2015

Selection to Program: Week of October 5, 2015

 

Phase II SBIR/STTR Companies - Apply Now exit disclaimer icon

Have Questions about the CAP?

  • Attend the Information Session Webinar about the NIH CAP on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 2:00pm EDT (11:00am PDT). The session is free, but pre-registration is required here exit disclaimer icon.
  • Find detailed program information and application instructions on the NIH SBIR/STTR CAP website.
  • Read NOT-OD-15-144 for details.

 

Inquiries
Please direct all inquiries to:
J.P. Kim, J.D., M.B.A., M.P.P., M.Sc., M.A.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Telephone: 301-435-0189
Email: sbir@od.nih.gov

Please direct inquiries related to submission of the web application to:
Judy Hsieh
Larta, Inc.
Telephone: 213-538-1444
Email: jhsieh@larta.org

 

NIH Wants Your Help to Simplify the SBIR/STTR Grant Application Instructions  

August 13, 2015

Help NIH Make the Grant Application Process Easier!

NIH is seeking suggestions for ways to restructure the NIH grant application instructions, including the SBIR/STTR application guide. This guide can be found on our NIH SBIR/STTR website and on the Office of Extramural Research Forms page. NIH supplements the information in the application guides with instructions in policy notices announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts and funding opportunity announcements. More information can be found in NOT-OD-15-134.

NIH’s Goals for Restructuring the Application Instructions Include to:

  • Keep information as current as possible;
  • Reduce the administrative burden; and
  • Clarify and simplify information on what is required to submit an application.

Approaches NIH is considering, include:

  • A single, consolidated NIH application guide in PDF and in HTML format, with more interactive web-based content in the HTML version;
  • An HTML version that can filter instructions based on the funding mechanism or specific funding opportunity announcement (FOA), and other areas; and
  • An “Instructions Wizard” to tailor the instructions to needs of applicants—this could guide applicants through specific selections and application criteria, and show only the needed sections and instructions, etc.

How You Can Help

Please submit any ideas you have on how to present this material to applicants in a more concise, helpful way. Your comments can include but are not limited to the following areas:

  1. The specific information most important to you in the current NIH application guides, missing information that would be helpful, and information that could be eliminated.
  2. Your current access to application instructions, including sources used and where they are located (e.g. Grants.gov, NIH Grants website, FAQs, NIH Application Guide, help desk, web searches, and others).
  3. The most useful and most challenging aspects of the current application instructions.
  4. Insights and suggestions on how the information in the NIH application instructions could be presented more effectively.
  5. Feedback on what sections are the most important to use in printed copy, as well as suggestions on how to customize a print function for application instructions (i.e. one full version, individual sections, etc.). This can include ideas for either a PDF or web version.
  6. Feedback on proposed approaches to presenting NIH application instructions (described in background) and other ideas that NIH should consider.

How to Submit a Response

Responses are voluntary and must be submitted electronically on the submission website by September 25, 2015.
For more information, please read NOT-OD-15-134.

Inquiries
Please direct all inquiries to:
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Office of Extramural Research (OER)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Email: OPERAAll@mail.nih.gov

 

 
 

The NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 Has Been Released  

July 24, 2015

The HHS SBIR Contract Now Requires Electronic Submission!

The NIH and CDC SBIR Contract (PHS 2016-1)has been released! All proposals are due by October 16, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT. Please follow the directions in the solicitation very carefully. You must respond exactly to a topic in the solicitation. 

New Submission Process: There is a new electronic submission process for all proposals. Applicants must use the Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) website to submit their proposal. No other method of proposal submission is permitted. Instructions for electronic submission are provided in the solicitation.

Pre-proposal webinar: We will also have a pre-proposal conference, via webinar, on August 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT. This informational webinar will discuss the PHS 2016-1 solicitation, and in particular will discuss the new electronic contract proposal submission (eCPS) website. Register for the webinar! exit disclaimer icon

Please check NOT-OD-15-130 for topics, contracting officer contact information and other details. You can also find the SBIR contract solicitation link on our Funding page and on FedBizOpps.

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, should use the SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations. You can find solicitation links on our Funding page. To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, view the Apply page.

 

 

 

Less than One Month Left to Receive the Early Bird Registration Rate for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference  

July 23, 2015

Register Today & Save: 
Early Bird Registration Rate is Available until August 20

The 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference is 95 days away! This action-packed, three-day conference provides an exclusive opportunity to meet one-on-one with HHS SBIR/STTR program staff, including representatives from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), and Office of the Inspector General (OIG). 

Highlights of this year’s conference include a:

  • SBIR/STTR Mock Peer Review Study Section Meeting. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. SBIR/STTR Mock Peer Review Study Section Meeting. Led by the Center for Scientific Review, this SBIR/STTR Mock Study Session will give you a chance to see a small business study section meeting in action. You will hear common questions asked by reviewers and learn mistakes that small business applicants frequently make. This session will discuss a Phase I and a Phase II SBIR or STTR application. Each application will be focused on a different biomedical technology area. A peer-review question and answer session will be included at the end. 

  • Half-day Human Subjects Workshop. Does your research include human subjects? This session will provide you with the knowledge and information necessary to get your NIH grant application or research protocols to pass reviews for human research protections. It will focus on clarifying confusion about federal requirements and will provide practical tips and solutions to problems and difficulties commonly encountered during such reviews. 

  • Women-Owned and Socially, Economically Disadvantaged Business Applicant Workshop. Join NIH SBIR/STTR program staff, successful applicants, and potential partners for this interactive half-day workshop on ways to develop a successful application and build a sustainable business. The workshop is broken into three sections: 

    Lessons Learned from Successful Applicants: Navigating the Application Process 
    Advice from Potential Funding Partners
    Lessons Learned from Successful Companies: Navigating Commercialization

  • Phase I and Phase II Application Proposal Development Workshops. You’ve got a great idea. It will change the world! All you need to do is write the proposal to get your project launched with SBIR/STTR funding. But writing the proposal is pretty difficult. Or is it? Join Lisa Kurek with BBC in this interactive workshop to help you develop an award-winning application. 

Don’t take our word for it – check out the agenda for yourself exit disclaimer icon: The conference is broken into three tracks to meet the needs of varying levels of experience with SBIR/STTR: Track 1: Navigating through SBIR/STTRs; Track 2: Circumventing the Hurdles, and Track 3: Path to Commercialization. The wide variety of topics offered make this conference ideal for SBIR/STTR newcomers, Phase I companies looking to advance to Phase II, and Phase II companies looking for commercial assistance, strategic partnership and investors. 

Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 20, 2015.
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Don’t let the HHS SBIR/STTR application deadline sneak up on you! Start the 5-step registration process now to ensure timely submission.  

July 9, 2015

The next HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than two months away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5 pm local time. (Note that since September 5th falls on a weekend, and Monday, September 7th is a federal holiday, the deadline has been pushed back until Tuesday, September 8th). 

There is no longer an August 5, 2015 standard receipt date. The standard due dates now fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5. If these happen to fall on weekends or federal holiday days, the deadline is moved to the next business day. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that use the Standard Due Dates – not only the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations. Please see details in the NOT-OD-15-038

Review these helpful tips and reminders to ensure timely and error free application submission. 

Make sure you’re registered! The 5-step registration process may take 6 – 8 weeks, so it is important to start now. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Learn more about the five required registrations, and review the Electronic Submission presentation located on the Resources page. Small businesses can submit their application through Grants.gov one month before the standard due date.  

Find the SBIR/STTR solicitations. The SBIR & STTR Omnibus solicitations are intended to support small business investigator-initiated research ideas across a broad spectrum of topic areas. The targeted SBIR/STTR solicitations are more focused around specific research areas, and the Direct Phase II solicitations allow small businesses to bypass applying for a Phase I award if they already have completed the Phase I stage research.  Find the SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus Solicitations and the other SBIR/STTR solicitations in the Funding table

Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide (FORMS-C) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID very helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page

Remember – we encourage all applicants to speak with the appropriate NIH Institute or Center (IC) program SBIR/STTR program manager before submitting an application. If you are wondering who to contact for specific questions, please email us at sbir@od.nih.gov. Good luck!

 

 

 

Join Us in Seattle, WA for the 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference – Register Today!  

June 26, 2015

Registration is now open for the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference!exit disclaimer icon

#SeattleNIHconf

You are invited to the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that will be held in Seattle, Washington on October 27 – 29, 2015. This interactive, three-day conference is the largest NIH SBIR/STTR event of the year! 

You will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about NIH SBIR/STTR funding, and to receive application-specific advice from key Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SBIR/STTR program staff, including representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The conference is being hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerceexit disclaimer icon and the Washington Life Science and Global Health Centerexit disclaimer icon.

View the 2015 conference websiteexit disclaimer icon for details about the agenda and travel information. The agenda is broken into three tracks to meet the needs of varying levels of experience with SBIR/STTR: Track 1: Navigating through SBIR/STTRs; Track 2: Circumventing the Hurdles, and Track 3: Path to Commercialization. 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.  

Attend this conference to:

  • Understand the HHS SBIR/STTR programs and various funding opportunities, including the Fast-track, Direct Phase II and contract solicitations 
  • Learn about the NIH application review process through an interactive mock-study section led by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) 
  • Network with HHS SBIR/STTR staff representing NIH, CDC, FDA, ACL, and OIG through one-on-one meetings
  • Gain expert advice on writing a competitive application, including strategies for developing your Phase II Commercialization Plan 
  • Receive tips from successful SBIR/STTR funded companies that have leveraged NIH’s technical assistance programs to achieve major commercialization outcomes
  • Find out effective strategies for pitching to investors and developing strategic partnerships through tailored and interactive sessions and workshops 

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Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until August 20, 2015.
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Just Released - HHS 2015 SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations 

June 4, 2015

The 2015 HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations are now live!

September 5, 2015 is the Next Receipt Date 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just released the 2015 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Omnibus Grant Solicitations! These solicitations will be used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Note STTR is only available at NIH. You can read more in NOT-OD-15-101

The HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics to be submitted for funding consideration as long as they fall within the mission of HHS. The 2015 Program Descriptions and Research Topics document explains priority research areas for the agencies, and Appendix A includes the list of SBA approved topics for budgets that exceed the hard caps. With any specific idea, you should speak directly with the appropriate HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager to gauge their interest. 

The 2015 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources can be found below:

Standard Application Due Dates: September 5, 2015; January 5, 2016; and April 5, 2016.

Please note that HHS recently changed the Standard Due Dates for ALL HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications. This change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates, including these Omnibus FOAs. 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. 

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 standard due dates are 2 days prior to the current AIDS due dates.  Accordingly, any AIDS or AIDS-related HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications must also follow the new Standard Due Dates.  Please see NOT-OD-15-038

With this issuance, small business concerns that are majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies (VCOCs), hedge funds and/or private equity firms ARE NOW ELIGIBLE to apply to the CDC SBIR program and compete for up to 15% of CDC's SBIR set-aside.  This option is still available to applicants of the NIH SBIR program as well.

You can find the HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations, and all of our other SBIR/STTR FOAs on the Funding page. Be sure to also check the targeted funding announcements page. NIH Institutes and Centers will issue targeted SBIR/STTR grant solicitations around specific, high-priority research areas. 

For any general questions, please email the HHS SBIR/STTR Program Office at sbir@od.nih.gov

 

 

 

$2500 Prize for New SBIR/STTR Logo Design - Deadline May 29th 

May 15, 2015

SBA wants YOUR new SBIR/STTR logo design ideas!

To match the innovative spirit of American entrepreneurs, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a competition to create the next Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) logo! 

Artists, designers, small businesses, and technologists are invited to create a thoughtful and imaginative visual representation of the government’s largest effort focused on research-driven, innovative and cutting-edge small businesses through the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR/STTR’s tag line is 12 Agencies…1 Vision: Seed The Future.

The competition will run pursuant to the America Competes Act, and all details, rules, and submission instructions are available here. The deadline to submit is May 29, 2015. 

The winning submission will serve as the official logo for the SBIR/STTR programs and will be used for promotional and educational information, including but not limited to, SBA’s websites including www.sba.gov and www.sbir.gov, participating federal agency websites, conferences, events, television, print, and other traditional and digital media outlets.  The winning logo will also be recognized at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards Ceremony in the White House and be featured at the National SBIR/STTR Conference during the week of June 15, 2015. There is also a $2,500 prize for the winner!

Check it out:  https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/americas-seed-fund-logo-design-competition-for-the-sbirsttr-programs/. Also view the new and improved www.sbir.gov that has been designed to meet the needs of technology savvy innovators. Find resources about SBIR/STTR, including funding solicitations and state-based resources. 

#SBIR #SeedtheFuture #SubmitNow

 

 

 

HHS Welcomes NIDILRR as a new HHS SBIR Agency – Now Accepting Applications for FY 15 

March 17, 2015 

HHS welcomes the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to the SBIR Program! 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is happy to announce that the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) will be transferring from the Department of Education to the HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) as a result of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014. NIDRR's name was changed to the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). 

NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of people with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community, and also to expand society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. Toward this end, NIDILRR sponsors comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment and independent living of individuals of all ages with disabilities. NIDILRR’s focus includes research in areas such as employment, health and function, technology for access and function, independent living and community integration, and other associated disability research areas.

What does this mean for the HHS SBIR Program?

There are now 5 HHS SBIR awarding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (http://sbir.nih.gov), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). On average, NIDILRR annually makes around 10 SBIR Phase I awards (up to $75,000 for six months) and 5 SBIR Phase II awards (approximately $200,000−$300,000 per year for two years). 

Now Accepting Applications! During the transition period, NIDILRR will have separate funding solicitations and will not be included on the current HHS SBIR (PA-14-071) and STTR (PA-14-072) Omnibus solicitation

ACL and NIDILRR have just published a Notice Inviting Applications for its Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Program for FY15 funding.  NIDILRR is planning to make 10 Phase I awards for up to $75,000 each with a six-month performance period.  Read the full text of the Phase I announcement exit disclaimer icon. The application deadline is May 12, 2015. 

For FY 2015, all NIDILRR priority notices will be published as ACL notices, and ACL will make all NIDILRR awards. During this transition period, however, NIDILRR will continue to review grant applications using Department of Education tools. NIDILRR will post previously-approved application kits to Grants.gov, and NIDILRR applications submitted to Grants.gov will be forwarded to the Department of Education's G-5 system for peer review. NIDILRR is using Department of Education application kits and peer review systems during this transition year in order to provide for a smooth and orderly process for our applicants. Please contact Brian Bard at brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov or 202-245-7345 if you have any questions or if you would like to be a peer reviewer.

FY 2016 will be a transition period as NIDILRR integrates into HHS, so stay tuned for details and additional SBIR funding opportunity announcements! 

 

 

HHS is Participating in the SBIR Road Tour, Seeding America’s Future Innovations 

February 24, 2015 SBIR Road Tour - Seeding Americas Future Innovations

Small Technology Firms and Innovators, 

America's Largest Seed Fund is Coming to a City Near You

HHS SBIR/STTR is packing our bags for the SBIR Road Tour, which is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the SBIR and STTR programs. 

Over the course of this year individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will embark on a 20 state road tour, participating in a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers. 

 

Register Now!

Info at: http://www.sbirroadtour.com/exit disclaimer icon

 

South East Tour – March 24 – 27, 2015
Louisville, KY - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Nashville, TN - Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Atlanta, GA - Thursday, March 26, 2015
Columbia, SC - Friday, March 27, 2015

Register Soon!

South Central Tour – April 27 – May 1, 2015
Long Beach, MS – Monday, April 27, 2015
Ruston, LA -Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Oklahoma City, OK - Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wichita, KS - Thursday, April 30, 2015
Columbia, MO - Friday, May 1, 2015

North Central Tour – the week of July 13th
Indianapolis, IN
Chicago, IL
Iowa City, IA
Omaha, NE
Sioux Falls, SD (HHS can’t attend this city) 

Pacific Northwest – the week of August 17th
(HHS can’t attend this trip)
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR 
Boise, ID
Missoula, MT

Save the Date: Meet HHS on October 27 – 29, 2015 in Seattle, WA for our NIH SBIR/STTR conference! More details to come soon. 

Learn more by visiting http://www.sbirroadtour.com/exit disclaimer icon
Follow SBA on Twitter via @sbagovexit disclaimer icon #SBIRRoadTour #SeedtheFuture #InnovatorsAreRockStars

 

SBA is Now Accepting Nominations for the Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards  

February 23, 2015

2015 Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards Call for Nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for the highly prestigious annual Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards.  SBA administers the SBIR and the STTR programs for small businesses seeking to advance their technological inventions in the commercial marketplace. Specific details on the nomination process can be found here. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 10, 2015. Please note that for the first time, there is an option for nominations to be made by video presentation. 

Tibbetts Awards: 
These are presented to those small businesses, support organizations and/or individuals who are judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR program. The award is named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program, and is presented to a company or individual that has leveraged the SBIR/STTR investment in a way that has generated a measurable return in value to small business innovation and the national economy.  

There are two types of Tibbetts awards. One prize goes to businesses that have participated in the SBIR or STTR award programs. Another award goes to organizations and/or individuals who have not received SBIR/STTR funding, but who have contributed significantly in implementing the programs or in supporting program participants.

SBIR Hall of Fame: 
Started in 2011, recognizes previous SBIR awardees with a long period of extraordinary success in research, innovation, and commercialization within the SBIR program. Past SBIR Hall of Fame winners include Intuitive Surgical, UltraScan Corporation, iRobot, Qualcomm, and Symantec.

All Tibbetts and SBIR Hall of Fame award winners will be selected by the SBA based on the recommendations of a panel of judges. The winners will be invited to an awards program held in June during the annual SBIR National Conference at the National Harbor. 

For any additional inquiries please contact:

Louis Cupp
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office of Investment and Innovation
409 Third Street, SW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20416
Louis.Cupp@sba.gov

In the meantime please visit http://www.sbir.gov for more exciting information, and follow us on Twitter via @NIHsbirexit disclaimer icon and @sbagovexit disclaimer icon #Tibbetts2015 #SBIR #SeedtheFuture

 

 

 

The Niche Assessment Program is Now Closed 

February 11, 2015

The Niche Assessment Program for Phase I awardees is now closed. We expect to reopen the program in the fall of 2015. Stay tuned for details!

 

We’re Heading to Seattle for the 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference! 

February 10, 2015

17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

October 27 – 29, 2015

Seattle, Washington

We are pleased to announce our 17th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WSDC), this event will be the largest annual gathering of HHS SBIR/STTR federal experts in the country, including representatives from NIH, CDC, FDA and others.

Washington State has a vibrant life science ecosystem making it an ideal location for our conference. The event will take place at Seattle’s Destination Waterfront Venue, the Bell Harbor International Conference Centerexit disclaimer icon.

Small businesses at any stage of the commercialization process are welcome to attend – whether you are an SBIR/STTR newcomer or have already reached commercial milestones and seeking outside investors, strategic partners or follow-on funding. We also welcome undergraduate and graduate students, women-owned small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses. There will be sessions and workshops specifically designed to help you prepare and submit an application to HHS. 

Stay tuned for details! We expect registration to open around May. 

 

HHS-NIH SBIR Webinar, hosted by NCET2 Now Posted 

February 9, 2015

View the latest HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR webinar resourcesexit disclaimer icon on the NCET2 webinar archive. 

 

Clarification about the New Standard Due Dates for All HHS SBIR/STTR Grant Applications 

December 22, 2014

This email seeks to clarify several questions regarding NOT-OD-15-038 which announces HHS changes to Standard Due Dates for all HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications. The table below outlines the upcoming Standard Due Dates for the SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations and the AIDS and AIDS Related Due Dates. 

The next SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation Deadline for non-AIDS applications is April 5, 2015. There will not be an August 5, 2015 due date. From then on, SBIR/STTR due dates will fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5, as described in the NIH Guide.

Due Date Type of Due Date

Next AIDS and AIDS Related due date

January 7, 2015

The new January 5 due date takes effect in 2016. HHS/NIH will not accept regular (non-AIDS) related SBIR/STTR grant applications on January 5, 2015

AIDS and AIDS Related Due Date

Next due date for non-AIDS applications

April 5, 2015

Since April 5, 2015 is on a Sunday, the Due Date will be Monday, April 6, 2015, per guidance in the SF424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide

Standard Due Date

The current SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations PA-14-071 and PA-14-072 have been extended by one cycle to accommodate the transition period

May 7, 2015

Last AIDS and AIDS Related Due Date for SBIR/STTR applications

September 5, 2015

No August 5, 2015 Standard Due Date

Since September 5, 2015 is on a Saturday and September 7, 2015 is a Federal holiday, the Due Date will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015, per guidance in the SF424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide

New Standard Due Date

January 5, 2016

New Standard Due Date

April 5, 2016

New Standard Due Date

September 5, January 5, April 5

2016, 2017 and in the Future

 

 

 

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

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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