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HHS Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) Informational Webinar Materials Now Available! 

December 4, 2015

The HHS Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) Informational Webinar was held on December 2, 2015, and discussed both CRP solicitations:

The webinar resources are now available online:

You can find the CRP solicitations on our HHS SBIR/STTR Funding page. The CRP follows the Standard Due Dates and the next deadline is on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

The CRP may fund work that is not typically supported through SBIR/STTR Phase II or Phase IIB awards, including:

  • Preparation of documents for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission
  • Development of an intellectual property strategy
  • Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies
  • Clinical studies
  • Manufacturing costs
  • Regulatory assistance
  • Subcontracted work to other institutions, including contract research organizations (CRO)
  • A combination of services.

Please send any questions about the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program to sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

ASSIST for Electronic Submission – Webinar Materials Now Available

November 20, 2015

ASSIST Webinar Materials Now Available Online!

ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is NIH's online system for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH. 

The ASSIST webinar was held on November 4, 2015, to help small businesses learn how ASSIST can help streamline the HHS SBIR/STTR electronic submission process. The resources below are now available online

For more information, please see NOT-OD-15-156. As a reminder, ASSIST provides: 

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple user
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and Grants.gov business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data (excluding attachments) from one announcement to another

Funding opportunity announcements posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts that allow ASSIST as an option contain an "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button in addition to the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button.

The following resources are available to help applicants prepare their applications using ASSIST:

Direct all notice inquiries to: 
NIH Grants Information
Email: grantsinfo@od.nih.gov
Telephone: 301-435-0714

Direct requests for ASSIST support to:
eRA Service Desk
Submit a web ticket
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552

 

I-Corps at NIH – Webinar Materials Now Available

November 18, 2015

I-Corps™ at NIH Webinar Materials Now Available!

We recently hosted an informational webinar on I-Corps™ at NIH on Thursday, November 12, 2015. If you missed the presentation or would like to review the materials, the recording, slides, and transcript are now available online.

You may also view the videos referenced in the presentation at the following links:

Answers to Questions submitted during the webinar will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Remember: 

Phase I grantees of the following NIH/CDC SBIR & STTR Programs are eligible and encouraged to apply to PA-16-019. Apply by December 10, 2015 (1st cohort) or March 21, 2016 (2nd cohort)! 

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)
  • CDC/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 

 

If you have additional questions, please contact the NIH/CDC Agency Contact listed in Section VII of PA-16-019.

 

 

 

SBIR/STTR Intellectual Property Webinar Series from USPTO

November 16, 2015

"Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights" for SBIR/STTR Participants exit disclaimer icon

Register today! exit disclaimer icon

For small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR program, understanding Intellectual Property (IP) - Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and Copyrights exit disclaimer icon - is necessary to protect your ideas, products, and product names in today’s knowledge economy.  These 90-minute webinars have been designed specifically to address the most common IP issues facing small businesses funded by the SBIR/STTR program.  They will cover all aspects of Intellectual Property protection as well as help you understand your IP Data Rights under the SBIR/STTR grant/contract.  Space is limited to 75 people per webinar!

Webinars will be offered at 1 P.M. Eastern on the days below. A detailed webinar description for each webinar can be found here exit disclaimer icon.

December 7

Overview: US Intellectual Property Rights and the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Henry Wixon (Chief Counsel for NIST)

December 8

Basic US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Anthony Knight (Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development (Acting), USPTO)

December 9

Trademarks in the U.S.
Craig Morris (Managing Attorney for Trademark Outreach, USPTO)

December 10

Copyright (Domestic and International)
Susan Anthony (Director (Acting), Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO)

December 14

Intermediate/Advanced US Patent Practice for the SBIR-STTR Stakeholders
Oleg Asanbayev (Patent Examiner, USPTO and on detail to SBA)

December 15

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Hague Agreement Strategies for Filing Abroad
Charles Pearson (Director of International Patent Legal Administration, USPTO)

December 16

The International Trademark Portfolio
Susan Anthony (Director (Acting), Global Intellectual Property Academy, USPTO)

 

Register before the slots fill up! exit disclaimer icon

 

 

 

HHS Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) Register for the Informational Webinar!

November 13, 2015

Wednesday, December 2nd
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

HHS can now provide up to $3 million in additional funding for your Phase II SBIR/STTR project through the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP). The CRP may fund work that is not typically supported through SBIR/STTR Phase II or Phase IIB awards, including:

  • Preparation of documents for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submission
  • Development of an intellectual property strategy
  • Investigational New Drug (IND)-enabling studies
  • Clinical studies
  • Manufacturing costs
  • Regulatory assistance
  • Subcontracted work to other institutions, including contract research organizations (CRO)
  • A combination of services.

Attend this webinar to learn more about this program and the eligibility requirements. Register now! exit disclaimer icon

You can find the newly released Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CRP) solicitations on our HHS SBIR/STTR Funding page. There are two solicitations: SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Technical Assistance (SB1), PAR-16-026 and SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Technical Assistance and Late Stage Development (SB1), PAR-16-027.

The CRP follows the Standard Due Dates, and the next deadline is on Tuesday, January 5, 2015. The webinar will discuss the differences between the two solicitations, and give you a chance to ask questions.

Speakers:
Matthew Portnoy, Ph.D.
HHS SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator

Stephanie Fertig, MBA
SBIR/STTR Program Manager
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Please send any questions about the Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program in advance of the webinar to sbir@od.nih.gov.

 

 

Deadline Extension for the HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 

October 20, 2015

October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT is the new HHS SBIR Contract PHS 2016-1 Deadline

The PHS 2016-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has a new amendment that extends the deadline until October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Older amendments: 

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page and on FedBizOpps. All contract proposal submissions are due on October 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT.

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.

SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: You may find the HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials online!

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged through the PHS small business research GRANT programs. Please use SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations, found on our Funding page

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, visit our Apply page.

 

 

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

October 16, 2015

Looking for tailored market research for your technology?

Apply for the Niche Assessment Program 

HHS 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 HHS (NIH, CDC, FDA) SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track 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 seventy seven (177), HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees and Phase I Fast-Track 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-16-013 that was issued in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on October 16, 2015.

If you are an eligible HHS SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee or a Phase I Fast-Track awardee, complete the online registration form available below to participate in the program:

Apply Today exit disclaimer icon - 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 of Assessments and Training
Foresight Science & Technology
Telephone: (401) 273-4844, ext. 4003
Fax: (401) 354-1301
Email:  konstantin.izvolsky@foresightst.com

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

 

 

 

NIDA Topic Amendment in the HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 

October 9, 2015

National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Topic Amendment in the HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1

The PHS 2016-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has a new amendment: 

Older amendments: 

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page and on FedBizOpps exit disclaimer icon . All contract proposal submissions are due on October 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT.

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.

SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: You may find the HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials online!

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged through the PHS small business research GRANT programs. Please use SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations, found on our Funding page

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, visit our Apply page.

 

 

 

“ASSIST” – A New Option for Small Business Grant Electronic Submission

September 24, 2015

Learn how ASSIST can help streamline the HHS SBIR/STTR electronic submission process.

Have you ever wanted a system that checks your NIH SBIR/STTR grant application for errors BEFORE you submit it?

ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is NIH's online system for the preparation, submission, and tracking of grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Small businesses may now use ASSIST to submit SBIR and STTR grant applications. ASSIST is not required, so small businesses can still apply using the Grants.gov’s downloadable forms method.

To learn more about using ASSIST to submit your SBIR or STTR grant application, attend the webinar on November 4, 2015 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm Eastern Time.

During the SBIR/STTR ASSIST webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Populate application data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Validate your application against NIH business rules prior to submission
  • Preview your application images in the NIH format prior to submission
  • Track your applications through to eRA Commons to verify agency receipt

Register Now! exit disclaimer icon

ASSIST provides:

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple user
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and Grants.gov business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data (excluding attachments) from one announcement to another

Funding opportunity announcements posted in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts that allow ASSIST as an option contain an "Apply Online Using ASSIST" button in addition to the "Apply Using Downloadable Forms" button.

The following resources are available to help applicants prepare their applications using ASSIST:

For more information, see NOT-OD-15-156. There will also be a session at the NIH SBIR/STTR Conference on using ASSIST for small business applicants. View the conference agenda! exit disclaimer icon

Direct all notice inquiries to: 
NIH Grants Information
Email: grantsinfo@od.nih.gov
Telephone: 301-435-0714

Direct requests for ASSIST support to:
eRA Service Desk
Submit a web ticket
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552

 

 

The HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation PHS 2016-1 Has Been Amended

September 17, 2015

The HHS SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended!

The PHS 2016-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has two amendments: 

Please find details on our NIH SBIR/STTR Funding page and on FedBizOpps exit disclaimer icon . All contract proposal submissions are due on October 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT.

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.

SBIR Contract Webinar Materials: You may find the HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar (PHS 2016-1) materials online!

HHS SBIR/STTR Grants: Investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged through the PHS small business research GRANT programs. Please use SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus solicitations, found on our Funding page

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, visit our Apply page.

 

 

CAP Application Deadline Extended until September 18th for Phase II Awardees 

September 9, 2015

Deadline Extended: Submit your CAP Application by September 18th 

The NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) (previously known as the Commercialization Assistance Program) can help you achieve commercial success! CAP helps you develop a market-entry plan covering an 18-month period that is tailored to meet the needs of your specific technology. The assistance provided includes strategies for securing additional investment, strategic partnerships and/or licensing opportunities. 

The deadline for applications to the 2015-2016 NIH Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP) has been extended to September 18, 2015.  If you have received your HHS SBIR Phase II award on or before September 18, 2015, or your HHS award has been active within the last 5 years, you may apply to CAP exit disclaimer icon to be considered for the 2015-2016 year. 

The CAP is administered through a contract with Larta Inc. exit disclaimer icon of Los Angeles, California. More details can be found in NOT-OD-15-144.

CAP is divided into three distinct tracks: the Commercialization Transition Track (CTT); the Advanced Commercialization Track (ACT); and the Regulatory Training Track (RTT). To find out which track best meets your needs, read the CAP Program Description.

Apply Now!
All applications will be competitively reviewed, and participants will be notified the week of October 5, 2015. This year we expect to accept 80 companies into the program. The assistance through CAP begins in October 2015 and spans nine (9) months, ending in June 2015. 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 18, 2015

Selection to Program: Week of October 5, 2015

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

Who is Eligible to Participate?

  • Companies whose NIH SBIR and STTR Phase II, Phase IIB or Phase II portion of Fast-track award is or was active in the past 5 fiscal years. Projects that ended before August 2010 are not eligible. Awardees from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can also apply.
  • Companies that meet the current SBIR/STTR small business eligibility criteria as described in the NIH SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitation. The solicitation and its parent funding opportunity announcements are available from the NIH Small Business Funding Opportunities website
  • Previous NIH CAP participants with a different Phase II award that participated no more than two (2) times before. Please note that first time applicants to the CAP will be given priority due to the limited number of slots.

Additional Information 

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

  

 

The HHS SBIR/STTR Deadline is Tuesday, September 8  

September 4, 2015

The next HHS SBIR/STTR Standard Due Date is Tuesday, September 8 by 5 pm your local time (since September 5 is a weekend, and Monday, September 7 is a Federal holiday). 

If you have SBIR/STTR questions, please send an email to sbir@od.nih.gov if you have not already. 
For questions or technical issues for the SBA Company Registry

If you have questions about grant submission or having difficulties, please contact the NIH eRA Service Desk at:
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469
TTY: 301-451-5939
Email: commons@od.nih.gov

Note that eRA Service Desk is NOT open on federal holidays! 

  

 

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

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  

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. 

Register Today! exit disclaimer icon

Early-bird registration rate of $350 is available until September 9, 2015.
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#SeattleNIHconf    

  

 

 

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. 

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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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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
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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. 

 

 

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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
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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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Save the Date: June 16-18, National SBIR Conference in DC

December 19, 2013

Mark your calendars for the Multi-Agency National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference on June 16 – 18, 2014, at National Harbor, MD, adjacent to Washington, DC. All eleven federal agencies that have SBIR programs are expected to attend.

Attend this conference to:

  • Discover how you can obtain R&D dollars,
  • Learn how to commercialize your technological innovations,
  • Discuss tips for creating a competitive SBIR application, and
  • Network with federal representatives from the 11 SBIR agencies.

This event is co-located with TechConnect & National Innovation Summit, representing North America's largest multi-sector conference for technology innovators, business developers, government leaders, and funders.  Also, be sure to set up face-to-face meetings with the Feds and Fortune 500 firms seeking small business partners and check out the in-depth tutorials that will be available on the 16th.

For more information, go to www.nationalsbirconference.com.

 


Second Amendment for NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation – New Deadline is 12/3

November 20, 2013

The PHS 2014-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended for the second time. The amendment is posted atFedBizOpps, the NIH SBIR/STTR webpage, and the NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-14-023).

The amendment extends the proposal receipt deadline to December 3, 2013 and includes a Questions and Answers section.

Please contact the Contracting Officer at the Institute or Center (IC) to whom you are submitting an application if you have specific questions. Their contact information is listed in the solicitation. 

 


Niche Assessment Program for 2013 Is Now Closed

November 5, 2013

Enrollment in the 2013 Niche Assessment Program has now closed.  Thank you to everyone that is participating! If you applied and are waiting to see if you’re accepted into the 2013 program, a representative from Foresight Science & Technology will be getting in touch with you soon.

We anticipate registration for the 2014 program to open in July/August of 2014.  Please stay tuned to the NIH SBIR/STTR Program website for further details.

For questions, please contact:

Robert Vinson, Jr.
NIH SBIR/STTR Program
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Extramural Research
Phone:  (301) 435-2713
Email:  sbir@od.nih.gov

 


Amendment and Deadline Extension for NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation

October 25, 2013

The PHS 2014-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended. The amendment is posted at FedBizOpps and theNIH SBIR/STTR webpage, and is referenced in NOT-OD-14-013.

The amendment 1) Extends the proposal receipt deadline to November 25, 2013, 2) Revises Fast Track/Phase II Technical Evaluation Criteria, and 3) Revises NCI Topic 332 and NIAID Topic 027.

 


Second Round of Niche Applications Will Open on 10/28

October 24, 2013

The second round of applications (Group B) for NIH’s SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program will open onMonday, October 28, 2013 for active SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees.

 The Niche Assessment Program is a nationwide program funded by NIH to help jump-start an SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee's commercialization efforts.  Services are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, RI.  If you have an active Phase I award and want to participate in Niche, apply online ASAP before the slots fill up!

For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-13-109 that was placed in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 28, 2013. For questions, please contact:

Robert Vinson, Jr.
NIH SBIR/STTR Program
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Extramural Research
Phone:  (301) 435-2713
Email:  sbir@od.nih.gov

 


Join SBIR/STTR's Twitter Chat on 10/29 at 1 pm CT - #SBIRchat

October 23, 2013

Have questions about NIH's SBIR or STTR programs? Get answers during NIH's SBIR/STTR twitter chat scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th from 1 – 2 p.m. CT, using the hashtag #SBIRchat. The main program office (@NIHsbir), and three of NIH’s Institutes and Centers (ICs) will participate, including: NINDS (@NINDS_SmallBiz), NHLBI (@NHLBI_SBIR), and NCI (@NCIsbir).

Participating is easy:

  1. Log into your personal twitter account and twitter chat tool (such as Tweetchat) during the designated time.
  2. Ask the moderator SBIR or STTR related questions by adding the hashtag #SBIRchat to your posts.

 


NIH's Extramural Activities Resume after Shutdown

October 18, 2013

Wondering about missed grant deadlines, peer review meetings and the resumption of NIH activities after the government shutdown? Check out Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-003 for important updates about this process. Please direct all inquiries to NIH Grants Information at grantsinfo@od.nih.gov or 301-435-0714.

 


15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference is STILL ON

October 17, 2013

The 15th Annual SBIR/STTR conference WILL STILL TAKE PLACE in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on October 28 – 30, 2013! The early-bird registration rate of $345 has been extended through October 28th to accommodate anyone that was affected by the government shutdown.

Don’t miss this exciting and informative opportunity to network with NIH SBIR staff and receive answers to your specific questions. NIH will have representatives from various institutes and centers (ICs) as well as the NIH administrative office.

Visit the conference website and check out the 2013 agenda for more specifics about speakers, session offerings and travel arrangements. 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.  

Register Today!

 


New Requirements Set Forth for SBIR and STTR Award Certifications

September 30, 2013

Effective October 1, 2013, NIH will require SBIR and STTR applicants to complete and submit a Funding Agreement Certification prior to an award, and SBIR and STTR awardees to complete and maintain a Life Cycle Certification once certain milestones are reached during the project period. Both requirements are a result of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 and are indented to ensure the small business concern (SBC) meets and fulfills the revised eligibility and NIH program-specific requirements.

Updated Requirement – Funding Agreement Certification:

NIH will require SBIR or STTR applicants to complete and submit a "Funding Agreement Certification" for new or renewal grants or contracts prior to an award. These SBIR/STTR Funding Agreement Certifications are revised and renamed versions of the Verification Statements formerly used at the pre-award stage. Submission of these Funding Agreement Certifications for grants will be implemented using NIH's Just-in-Time pre-award procedures for SBIR/STTR grants.

New Requirement – Life Cycle Certification:

NIH will also require that all recipients of new or continuing SBIR and STTR awards complete a “Life Cycle Certification” once certain milestones are reached during the project period. The "Life Cycle Certification" is intended to ensure the ongoing compliance of the awardee with the assurances it provided in the Funding Agreement Certification prior to award. Grant awardees are not required to submit this certification directly to NIH, but must complete a certification and maintain it on file in accordance with the records retention policy inSection 8.4.2 of the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

A certification is required at the following times:

  • For SBIR and STTR Phase I Awardees: At the time of receiving final payment or disbursement from the Payment Management System.
  • For SBIR and STTR Phase II Awardees: Prior to receiving more than 50% of the total award amount and prior to final payment or disbursement from the Payment Management System (PMS).

For additional details about these certifications, please refer to NOT-OD-13-116. To view the forms online, please go to the “SBIR and STTR Grants” section of the NIH website.

 


Stay Tuned: NIH Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) Will Have Delayed Start in 2014

September 11, 2013

NIH is planning to offer the Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) to Phase II awardees in 2014, but the program is expected to have a delayed start. To date, over 758 small businesses have received one-on-one mentorship from industry experts on regulatory and licensing issues, customized business strategies and investor pitches. CAP participants take part in training workshops, consulting sessions and public events, which can help them accomplish commercialization goals and develop close relationships with potential investors and strategic partners.

Please check NIH’s CAP website and stay tuned for announcements about the official launch via the SBIR/STTR listserv and twitter.

For specific questions, please contact the CAP program manager, Lenka Fedorkova, Ph.D., atfedorkoval@od.nih.gov, or (301) 435-0921. You can also contact the program manager at the NIH Institute or Center (IC) from which you received your SBIR or STTR Phase II award. Program manager contact information is found in the SBIR (PA-13-234) and STTR (PA-13-235) parent solicitations.

 


PHS 2014-1 NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 29, 2013

The 2014 Omnibus NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation (PHS 2014-1) is now open. Receipt date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. EST.  The solicitation is also posted in fedbizopps athttps://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/RCB/PHS-2014-1/listing.html.

For additional information, please see the NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-13-108).

 


Official Launch: Niche Assessment Program for NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I Awardees

August 29, 2013 

The National Institute of Health's SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program is a nationwide program funded by NIH to help jump-start an SBIR/STTR Phase I awardee's commercialization efforts.  Services are provided by Foresight Science & Technology of Providence, RI.

Technology Niche Analyses® (TNA®) are provided by Foresight, for one hundred thirty eight (138), NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees.  These analyses assess potential applications for a technology and then for one viable application, it 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.  Oftentimes the small businesses can use this information in their commercialization plans which are part of their Phase II applications.

For more information, see Notice NOT-OD-13-109 that was placed in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 28, 2013.

For questions, please contact:

Robert Vinson, Jr.
NIH SBIR/STTR Program
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Extramural Research
Phone:  (301) 435-2713
Email:  sbir@od.nih.gov

 


Upcoming FDA Conference: Small Business Regulatory Education for Industry

August 26, 2013

Attend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Small Business Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI) Fall Conference to learn how FDA’s drug and device regulations impact your technological research!

What: Fall REdI Conference
When: September 25-26, 2013
Where: The Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-657-1234

This event is FREE – Register Here!

This conference is an FDA-led forum that brings together the regulatory educators from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). The goal is to provide direct, relevant, and helpful information on the key aspects of drug and device regulations. The intended audience is the small manufacturers of drug and/or device medical products who want to learn about how FDA approaches the regulation of drugs and devices, and can be beneficial to researchers who are conducting biomedical research.

Because the regulatory principles of drugs and devices are both similar and different, the REdI Conference features a cross-cutting plenary addressing Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) updates as they impact both drugs and devices, as well as individual break-out sessions which focus on the unique issues of drugs and devices. Common themes include:

  • Meetings with FDA
  • Clinical Studies and Review
  • Site Inspections

For any questions about the conference, please contact CDER Small Business Assistance at 1-866-405-5367. For more information on CDER Small Business Assistance workshops and webinars, please visit www.fda.gov/smallbusinessdrugs

 


Register Today: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Small Business Workshop

August 16, 2013

NIH SBIR/STTR Announcement on Behalf of NIAID. Mark your calendars for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' (NIAID) Small Business Workshop. The one-day workshop will be held in Washington, DC on September 27, 2013 and has no registration fee.

Discover how NIAID’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can help your business develop and commercialize infection disease technologies, and learn about federal and non-federal resources available to small businesses.

Attend this free workshop to:

  • Learn an overview of NIAID’s SBIR/STTR grant programs and how they can help YOUR small business!
  • Discover how NIAID’s mission can be highlighted in your SBIR/STTR application, and hear from other small businesses who have been funded through NIAID’s SBIR/STTR program.
  • Access tools and resources to help your small business fully comply with NIH’s SBIR/STTR new registration requirements.
  • Discuss outreach to disadvantaged women-owned small businesses and NIAID’s Intellectual property.
  • Gain answers to your questions through networking opportunities and one-on-one discussions with NIAID program officers.

 


Register today!

If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Kruchinin, Ph.D. at NIAID, NIH atkruchininn@niaid.nih.gov.

 


Save the Date! 07/15 SBA Webinar with NIH SBIR/STTR Program Manager

July 9, 2013

  Save the Date! 07/15 

Webinar with NIH SBIR/STTR Program Manager

Join SBA and Dr. Matt Portnoy, Manager of the SBIR/STTR Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on  Monday, July 15 at 4:00PM EST for our ninth webinar of this series.

NIH awards over $600 million in SBIR/STTR funding every year. Dr. Portnoy will give an overview of NIH's SBIR/STTR program, and representatives from SBA will discuss updates to the program and answer your most frequently asked questions.

At 4:00PM Eastern Time on July 15, 2013 , you may join the web conference 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start by clicking: http://emsp.intellor.com/login/412936

Dial-in: After you’ve connected your computer, audio connection instructions will be presented

If you need technical support or additional information regarding our events, please visit our portal at http://emsp.intellor.com/portal/sbainnovationevents or contact AT&T Connect Support at 1-888-796-6118

If you are unable to join the web conference from a computer, you can find audio only instructions athttp://events.uc.att.com/events/integrate/PhoneAccessPage/OCCSAccessNumbers.asp?ExEventID=412936

Finally, if you’ve missed our previous SBIR webinars you can find slides and recordings here.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for this or future webinars, feel free to reach out to Sejal Hathi at  sejal.hathi@sba.gov

 


Registration Now Open for the 15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference, October 28-30, 2013, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July 3, 2013

The 15th Annual NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Conference will be held October 28 – 30, 2013 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, 1101 N West Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104.  Registration has now opened.

This year's conference "How to Be Competitive in a World of Change: Opportunities Through SBIR/STTR Awards ", will offer presentations from NIH program staff and other experts, opportunities for one-on-one meetings with staff representing most NIH institutes and centers, a poster session providing examples of NIH-funded SBIR and STTR projects, and a “Pitch to Investors” panel to educate attendees as to investor expectations.

The conference will include three tracks "Navigating through SBIR/STTRs"; “Circumventing the Hurdles”; and “Path to Commercialization”.   The wide variety of topics covered at this conference makes it 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.  The conference agenda planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings will allow ample time to network with other attendees, NIH staff, potential strategic partners and investors.

The agenda, registration, and other conference information are available at the conference website:

 www.usdresearchpark.com

 


HHS Reissues PHS 2013-02 SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations Implementing Venture Capital Provision and SBA Company Registry Requirement of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011

May 31, 2013

The PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now reissued. The reissued solicitation consists of: (1) re-issued parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) re-issued parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The remaining due dates for CY 2013 are August 5 and December 5, 2013.  AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due September 7, 2013 and January 7, 2014.

The original SBIR and STTR Omnibus solicitations, PA-13-088 (SBIR) and PA-13-089 (STTR) are now expired.  Applications can no longer be submitted to these FOAs, applicants will receive an error in their submission if these expired FOAs are used.  Applicants must download and use the reissued FOAs, PA-13-234 (SBIR) and PA-13-235 (STTR), for ALL SBIR and STTR Omnibus submissions for the remaining due dates listed above.  This includes resubmissions ('-A1s'). 

This re-issuance implements two additional provisions of the Reauthorization Act: 1) majority venture-capital owned companies may now apply to the NIH SBIR program and 2) all small business concerns must register in the SBA Company Registry.

See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-071 for details.

 


NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013

May 8, 2013

NIH announces policies for fiscal operation for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year (FY). These policies implement the continuing resolution signed by President Obama on March 26, and also incorporate the provisions of the sequester (formally known as the 2011 Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act). See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-064.html.


NAP Program CLOSED

April 19, 2013

Look for the 2013 Niche announcement later this summer at our SBIR/STTR home page.


SBA SBIR MSI/HBCU Stakeholder Webinar with SBA Deputy Administrator Johns on April 11 2-3PM

April 8, 2013

SBA will be hosting a webinar on Thursday April 11, 2013 from 2-3PM, from SBA:

____________

Dear University Partners and Business Stakeholders,

I wanted to reach out to all of you to re-engage you in an important discussion around high growth entrepreneurship and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. I got the chance to meet many of you during our Minority Serving Institutions high-growth roundtable discussion last year at the White House.  We have been working hard to incorporate many of your suggestions and continue to move forward on building a sustainable and innovative economy.

With this important mission in mind, I will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 11 from 2-3pm to discuss the SBIR program and recent programmatic changes made through reauthorization. We will also discuss some of the initiatives we have been working on to increase minority and women participation in our high growth programs.  To join the webinar, please click here ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time of 2pm: http://emsp.intellor.com/login/412294   Dial-in: After you’ve connected your computer, audio connection instructions will be presented.   If you need technical support or additional information regarding our events, please visit our portal at http://emsp.intellor.com/portal/sbainnovationevents or contact AT&T Connect Support at 1-888-796-6118.  If you are unable to join the web conference from a computer, you can find audio only instructions at http://events.uc.att.com/events/integrate/PhoneAccessPage/OCCSAccessNumbers.asp?ExEventID=412294

In addition, I wanted to mention that SBA and our SBIR federal partners will be participating in this year’sNational SBIR Conference from May 14-16, 2013 in Washington, DC. This conference is a great way for those who are interested in the SBIR program to connect one-on-one with program managers, academics and other investors. This year, there will also be a special panel focused on increasing outreach to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses and engaging with Minority Serving Institutions.

Again, I hope you will be able to join me and our SBIR staff on the webinar, April 11 from 2-3pm. Feel free to reach out to my colleague meina.banh@sba.gov with any questions.

 

Regards,

Marie C. Johns
Deputy Administrator
U.S. Small Business Administration
marie.johns@sba.gov
(202) 205-6605

 


NIH SBIR/STTR is now Tweeting @NIHsbir

March 22, 2013

This week we launched a central NIH SBIR/STTR Twitter Feed.  Follow us @NIHsbir.

 


2013 NIH Regional Seminar – Registration Now Open

March 22, 2013

The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, June 26-28, 2013, provides a comprehensive program of valuable information about the NIH grants process and related policies. In addition, this is an opportunity to network over the course of 2 days with over 600 grants administrators, researchers, students, financial officials, and grant writers from around the world.  An optional eRA Workshop is also available. Space is limited. For more information, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-046 or NIH Regional Seminar –Baltimore, MD.

 


Save the Date! The 15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Sioux Falls, SD on October 28-30, 2013

February 26, 2013

Stay tuned to http://sbir.nih.gov and for an  NIH Guide Notice in the coming months for the conference website with details about the agenda, registration, and all logistics. NIH is pleased to work with the University of South Dakota Research Park, Inc. as host for the conference.


Nomination period extended until February 7, 2013 for SBA Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame

February 4, 2013

The nomination period is now extended until 5PM EST on February 7, 2013 for Small Business Administration’sTibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame.  The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR and the STTR programs.  The SBIR Hall of Fame awards will be made to firms with a long period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and commercialization within the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  A full press release from SBA with links to apply for both programs can be found at their website here:http://sbir.gov/news/sba-accepting-nominations-small-business-innovation-research-awards and are embedded above.

 


PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 25, 2013

The PHS 2013-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1)parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2013 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2013, and January 7, 2014. The issuance of the PHS 2013-2 Omnibus FOAs implements some, but not all, of the provisions of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act. For details, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-027.


2013 Spring SBIR/STTR National Conference, May 14-16 National Harbor, MD

January 17, 2013

Co-located with the 15th Annual TechConnect World and the National Innovation Summit, the National SBIR/STTR Conference will provide key information and contacts for small businesses and  competing for SBIR/STTR awards totaling over $2.5B Annually. Meet one-on-one with program managers and corporate acceleration partners focused on Accelerating Commercialization of American Innovation. NIH staff will be present as well as SBIR program managers from all 11 SBIR agencies.  See website for more information and for registration.

 

Register today!

If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Kruchinin, Ph.D. at NIAID, NIH atkruchininn@niaid.nih.gov.

 

 

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New Reviewer Guideline Documents

December 19, 2012

From: Amero, Sally (NIH/OD) [E] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 05:41 PM
To: List SRO 
Subject: New Reviewer Guideline Documents

Please note that the NIH Reviewer Orientation document has been updated on the OER Peer Review Policies and Practices page.  The Reviewer Orientation document now includes the following paragraph under Scored Criteria:

"In evaluating the Investigator(s) review criterion, reviewers are encouraged to focus on the qualifications and expertise of the members of the research team for the work proposed, including the Personal Statement in each Biosketch. Unless the application is for a fellowship or career development award, remarks about career tracks, titles, or salaries should be reserved for the Additional Comments to the Applicant box, or the Budget section."

Also, a new document “Additional Comments to Applicants Box” has been posted.

Please help us to inform review staff and reviewers of these changes.  Thank you.

Sally

Sally A. Amero, Ph.D.
NIH Review Policy Officer
NIH Extramural Research Integrity Liaison Officer
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 3520
Bethesda, MD 20892-7963
TEL: 301-435-1418; FAX: 301-480-0146

 


News to Know - 12/10

December 10, 2012

News to KnowWeekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 12/10/12

 

Key Guide Notices

NOT-OD-13-013 Notice of Assistance Available to Institutions Impacted by Super Storm Sandy

Describes actions NIH is taking and resources available from NIH to assist researchers and research institutions recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Staff Guidance

Staff Guidance Regarding NIH Response to Super Storm Sandy

Provides staff information on how to handle grant applications and awards from institutions impacted by Super Storm Sandy.

Opportunity

Nominations are Being Accepted for the STEP Committee 2013-2016

The typical member of the STEP Committee is a mid- to senior-level member of the NIH extramural staff who has demonstrated excellent leadership abilities and has a history of involvement in trans-NIH activities. Nominations are due January 18, 2013.

New Resources

Updated eRA Peer Review User Guide

An extensive, major update from the previous version, circa 2007.  This is a final draft version that will be finalized in the coming weeks, following feedback from Review User Group members.

Upcoming Staff Training

Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in Research: The Role of Certificates of Confidentiality  – 12/11/2012

Public Access Policy Refresher and Update - Webinar – 12/12/2012

QVR  – 12/11, 12/14, and 12/20/2012

STEP: HIV/AIDS: Have We Conquered the Demon?  – 11/20/2012

STEP Dietary Salt: To Shake or Not to Shake?  - 12/13/2012

2013 Core Curriculum - begins 1/31/2013

 


Staff Guidance Super Storm Sandy

December 7, 2012

From: Bulls, Michelle (NIH/OD) [E] 
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2012 6:48 PM
To: GMAC All; EPMC All; PLC-All
Subject: NIH Staff Guidance Super Storm Sandy
Importance: High

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

As promised, attached (PDF - 227 KB) is a guidance document that was designed to provide you all with a consistent approach for how we, as an agency, should respond to grantees that have been impacted by Super Storm Sandy (SSS). This guidance will continue to be updated, as needed, and reissued highlighting the updates/changes.

 

We, in OER, certainly hope this document is helpful to you as you begin to field calls from the grantees. We appreciate your patience and support. Please do not hesitate to contact us using the OER Hurricane Recovery Inbox:nihghr@nih.gov with any questions related to SSS. We are monitoring the inbox and we will respond at our earliest convenience. Thanks!

 

Have a great weekend,

Michelle

Michelle G. Bulls, Director

Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)

Office of Extramural Research (OER)

301.594.6739

 


Nominations for the STEP Committee 2013 - 2016

December 5, 2012

Staff Training in Extramural Programs STEP

MEMORANDUM

DATE: December 4, 2012

TO: NIH Extramural Staff

FROM: Chairs, STEP Nominations Committee

Timothy Gondré-Lewis (NIAID)

Elaine Sierra-Rivera (CSR)

SUBJECT: Nominations for the STEP Committee 2013 - 2016

The Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) Committee invites your participation in nominating candidates for committee membership. Each year, the STEP Nominations Committee selects 10 new members from a large pool of exceptional candidates for a three year membership.

For more than four decades, STEP has designed and implemented innovative and valuable training for NIH extramural staff. Your participation in the nomination process will help select the best qualified individuals to successfully plan and execute STEP activities.

Nominations Process: All NIH extramural staff may nominate qualified colleagues (minimum of two years employment in extramural NIH) using a standard nomination form. The nominators will remain anonymous. Self-nominations are also accepted. Previously nominated individuals who were not selected may be re-nominated.

Selection/non-selection takes into account criteria beyond high qualifications, such as staff role or institute affiliation, to reflect the diversity of extramural staff in the STEP membership. Thus, non-selection does not infer non-qualification.

Please submit the nomination together with full contact information for three individuals who can serve as references on or before January 18, 2013.

The STEP Office will notify the selected individuals in the spring of 2013. The roster of members will be posted on the NIH STEP web page.

Nomination Form: The nomination form follows this memo, and is attached. It can also be found on the NIH STEP web page or obtained from the STEP Program Office, Rockledge I Building, Suite 350, Telephone (301) 435-2734.

The STEP Nominations Committee relies on the information provided in the nomination form, thus the qualifications of the nominee should be described as completely as possible using criteria for selection as a guide. A curriculum vitae SHOULD NOT be included as part of the nomination materials.

Membership Qualifications: The typical member of the STEP Committee is a mid- to senior-level member of the NIH extramural staff who has demonstrated excellent leadership abilities and has a history of involvement in trans-NIH activities. The candidate's leadership capabilities, his/her ability to engender respect from peers and to work on a team are important considerations. When possible, please give specific examples of activities that demonstrate these qualities. All criteria used for selection of new STEP members are listed in the attached nomination form.

Membership Responsibilities: Individuals selected for membership on the STEP Committee are expected to participate fully in all activities of the Committee for three years. These activities include: the annual planning meeting; the monthly meetings of the full Committee; forum attendance; and developing and implementing the STEP forums. The new member must, therefore, be able to commit the time necessary (about 90 hours per year) to fully participate in all Committee activities.

Please use Nomination Form: included below and attached

 

NOMINATION FORM FOR STEP COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP 2013-2016

Candidate: ______________

IC/Division: ______________

Title: __________________

Years at NIH: _______________

Years in Extramural Program: ________________

Supervisor: _________________

Phone: ____________

Email: ___________

References:

  1. Name:____________Relationship:___________

Phone: _______________Email:_______________

  1. Name:_____________Relationship:______________

Phone: _______________Email:________________

  1. Name:_____________Relationship:______________

Phone: ______________Email:_____________

Please provide a brief (1 page or less) summary of skills and attributes which qualify this candidate for membership on the STEP Committee.

The STEP Committee considers a number of criteria in selecting candidates, including:

  • Ability to make the time commitment – a statement of supervisor’s support is helpful
  • Leadership - Capability for leadership
  • Ability to engender respect from peers
  • Ability to work well in groups
  • Creativity
  • Diplomacy
  • Energy
  • Knowledge of NIH, PHS, and beyond
  • Capacity for commitment and follow-through
  • Evidence of past interest in STEP or other training activities

Excellence is the primary consideration in the selection of new members. However, a broad diversity of membership is essential for the STEP Committee to accomplish its goal. This diversity (e.g., Institute, Center and Division representation, organizational role, experience, special skills, gender, ethnic origin) is necessary for input to the committee as it plans and develops its activities.

Please submit nomination forms on or before January 18, 2013.

FAX nomination to: (301) 480-0146
Attention: STEP Nominations Subcommittee
or
E-mail to STEP@od.nih.gov  Subject line: STEP Nomination 

Sincerely yours,

Timothy A. Gondré-Lewis, Ph.D.
Program Officer/COR
Immunoregulation Section, Basic Immunology Branch
Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, HHS
6610 Rockledge Drive, Room 6222
Bethesda, MD 20892-6601
Tel: 301-496-7551
Fax: 301-480-2381
Email: tglewis@mail.nih.gov

And

Elaine Sierra-Rivera, PhD
Cancer Etiology (CE) SRO 
ONC 1 - Basic Translational IRG
NIH - Center For Scientific Review (CSR)
6701 Rockledge Drive
Room 6178 MSC 7804
Bethesda, MD 20892-7804
Tel: 301 435-1779
Fax: 301 480-0287
Email: riverase@csr.nih.gov

---I send this on behalf of the STEP Committee--

Chuck
Chuck Selden, Ph.D.
NIH Extramural Staff Training Officer
STEP Program Director
Co-Chair (Acting) Program Leadership Committee 
Office of Extramural Programs
Office of Extramural Research
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Room 3533
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7963

o-301-435-8685
c-301-221-3986
h-301-421-1397
f- 301480-0146
seldenc@nih.gov
http://ESA.NIH.GOV
http://STEP.NIH.GOV

 


News to Know - 12/03/2012

December 3, 2012

News to Know

Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 12/3/12

 

Key Guide Notices

NOT-OD-13-010Advance Notice: Revised Policy for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Initial Peer Review of NIH Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applications

This notice makes changes to the policy on managing conflict of interest in the NIH initial peer review process. The new rules will go into effect for applications submitted for the Jan 25, 2013 due date and beyond. Look for staff guidance as we get closer to the implementation date.

 Initial Electronic Submission Process for Multi-Project Applications: Webinar - December 13, 2012

 

This webinar will introduce the new ASSIST on-line submission system to applicants considering responding to FOAs that are part of the electronic submission of multi-project grant application pilot. NIH staff working with these applicants or handling these incoming applications are welcome to register and attend the webinar. Other training opportunities for the public and for NIH staff will be held as we get closer to September 25, 2013.

Staff Guidance and Announcements

 

Peer Review Meetings Exempt from Federally Controlled Space Requirement

As announced via email to extramural committees, a new memo exempts peer review meetings from having to be held in Federally controlled space as it’s been deemed neither practical nor cost effective.

eSubmission Update Provides Guidance on Multi-project FOA Development and Transition Guidance 

In addition to this guidance, OER is planning an early January training on developing a multi-project FOA (time and date to be announced).

eSPA now managed by the OER RePORT team In last year'sExtramural Nexus Insider, we announced plans to transition management of eSPA (the electronic Scientific Portfolio Assistant), from its developers at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to the Office of Extramural Research (OER). The transition is nearly complete and OER’s RePORT team has assumed leadership. In the long term, we hope to combine the best of eSPA with other tools from NIH into a resource that can be shared across the NIH for use in portfolio management and analysis. In the upcoming months, we will continue to support the eSPA application as it exists today. However, we can’t guarantee continued access to the proprietary data currently available through eSPA; the license to utilize some of the publication, citation, and impact factor data accessed through eSPA is set to expire in the near future. We are currently looking for alternate ways to maintain or replace this type of data through other mechanisms, or sources of support to maintain the existing license. If you have any questions about eSPA or its transition, please contact Brian Haugen at haugenb@od.nih.gov. For technical support, please use the help button in the eSPA application or contact RePORT@mail.nih.gov.

Upcoming Staff Training

Public access training will be offered in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for an announcement.

Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in Research: The Role of Certificates of  Confidentiality  – 12/11/2012

QVR  – 12/11, 12/14, and 12/20/2012 

STEP: HIV/AIDS: Have We Conquered the Demon? – 11/20/2012

STEP Dietary Salt: To Shake or Not to Shake?  - 12/13/2012

2013 Core Curriculum - begins 1/31/2013

 


Peer Review Meetings Exempt from Federally Controlled Space Requirement

November 28, 2012

From: Bulls, Michelle (NIH/OD) [E] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 4:43 PM
To: RPC Principals; EPMC All; GMAC All
Cc: Barros, Colleen (NIH/OD) [E]; Frasier, Diane (NIH/OD) [E]; Bulls, Michelle (NIH/OD) [E]
Subject: FW: Exemption of Peer Review Meetings from the Requirement to use Federally Controlled Space
Importance: High

Hi Colleagues,

Attached is the memo signed by Dr. Rockey and Colleen Barros exempting peer review meetings from being held in Federally controlled space as it’s been deemed neither practical nor cost effective. This decision was made in consultation with our colleagues at the Department.  We are pleased with the outcome and expect that you will be, also. Thanks for your patience while we worked through this matter.

Best to all,
Michelle

Michelle G. Bulls
Director
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Office of Extramural Research
Direct line: 301.594.6739


From: Frasier, Diane (NIH/OD) [E] 

Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:28 PM

To: List EOFULL-L; 'AMC-MEMBERS@LIST.NIH.GOV'; Smith, Waquita (NIH/NIAID) [E]; Kitzmiller, Francie (NIH/NICHD) [E]

Cc: Barros, Colleen (NIH/OD) [E]; Rockey, Sally (NIH/OD) [E]; Bulls, Michelle (NIH/OD) [E]; Armstead, Mary (NIH/OD) [E]; Smith, Mary (NIH/OD) [E]; D'Ascoli, Nicholas (NIH/OD) [E]

Subject: Exemption of Peer Review Meetings from the Requirement to use Federally Controlled Space

Hello all – the attached memorandum is sent on behalf of the DDM, Ms. Colleen Barros and the DDER, Dr. Sally Rockey. 

The attached memo provides notification of the exemption of peer review meetings from the DHHS requirement to hold conferences/meetings in Federal facilities.  Questions regarding this memo should be addressed toEfficientSpendingPolicy@NIH.gov.  Thank you.

Diane J. Frasier
Head of the Contracting Activity,
Director, Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, OM, NIH
e-mail: frasierd@mail.nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-4422
Fax: 301-402-2425
Web: http://oamp.od.nih.gov

 


News to Know - 11/26

November 26, 2012

News to Know
Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 11/26/12

 

Staff Info

Upcoming Staff Training 

QVR  – 11/27, 12/14, 12/20/2012
Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in Research: The Role of Certificates of Confidentiality  – 12/11/2012
STEP: HIV/AIDS: Have We Conquered the Demon?  – 11/20/2012
STEP Dietary Salt: To Shake or Not to Shake?  - 12/13/2012
2013 Core Curriculum - begins 1/31/2013

 


News to Know - 11/19

November 19, 2012

News to Know
Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 11/19/12

Key Guide Notices

NOT-OD-12-160 - Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance 
Announces that in spring 2013 NIH will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.

Staff Guidance

E-mail regarding public access policy compliance enhancement efforts to extramural staff listserv:

  • Summarizes changes.
  • Urges staff to encourage grantees to come into compliance with the public access policy now.
  • Indicates staff training this winter will address changes to workflow and the program checklist.
  • Suggests staff help communicate the policy requirement by using available drop in slides.

Resource Highlight

OER's Grants and Funding page has new look.  Check it out!

Staff Training

A recording of the RePORT webinar is now available to staff. The videos used in the webinar are available to the public on the RePORT tutorial page.

 


Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance

November 16, 2012

From: Rockey, Sally (NIH/OD) [E] 
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:50 PM
To: List EXTRAMURALSTAFF
Subject: Upcoming Changes to Public Access Policy Reporting Requirements and Related NIH Efforts to Enhance Compliance

Dear Colleagues,

NIH’s public access policy is central to our mission. It ensures that the results of NIH-funded research are accessible to everyone, so that, collectively, we can advance science and improve human health. On a typical weekday, over 700,000 users retrieve more than 1.5 million papers on PubMed Central, the host archive for the public access policy.

When we put the policy into place in 2008, it was an adjustment for all of us. Since that time, we have focused much of our attention on outreach to the grantee community. This strategy, along with the research community’s shared commitment to making public the results of NIH-supported research, has resulted in a high level of compliance with the policy. However, public access is a statutory requirement and we still need to improve compliance. 

Tomorrow, we will be releasing the attached guide notice (NOT-OD-12-160) announcing that in spring 2013, at the earliest, we will begin to hold processing of non-competing continuation grant awards if publications arising from that award are not in compliance with the NIH public access policy.  Once publications are in compliance, awards will go forward.  This change will take effect in tandem with NIH requiring the use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPRs) for all Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards in the spring of 2013 (see NIH NOT-OD-12-142).

What to Do Now
We are announcing this change months in advance of implementation to give awardees as much time as possible to comply with the policy. The more compliant Type 5s we receive, the fewer awards we will need to delay. Please encourage your awardees to come into compliance with the public access policy now. They can use My NCBI to associate papers with their awards, and track public access compliance today.

Staff Training and Resources
Changes to our workflow and the program checklist will be explained in a staff training webinar this winter. You and your grantees can find a variety of resources at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/. Additionally, we are providing a short FAQ for staff and drop-in slides discussing this policy change for use in your own presentations. These are available at http://nih-extramural-intranet.od.nih.gov/PublicAccess/index.htm.

Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D.
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research
OD/NIH/DHHS
One Center Drive
Building 1, Room 144
Bethesda, MD  20892
301-496-1096 (BLDG. 1)
301-435-2698 (ROCK I)
301-402-3469 Fax
rockeysa@od.nih.gov

 


News to Know - 11/13

November 13, 2012

News to Know
Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 11/13/12

Key Guide Notices

  • NOT-OD-13-009 - Annual Reports to OLAW due January 31, 2013
  • Reminder to grantee institutions with animal assurances to submit annual reports by January 31, 2013. Reports include change in the institution’s program of animal care and use, change to IACUC membership, the dates that the IACUC conducted its evaluations of the program and facilities, and any minority view by an IACUC member.

Resource Highlight

Did you know you can customize the extramural intranet page to best fit the way you use it?

  1. Click on  Customize My Page (it’s above “What’s New” in the top right corner of the home page) to change whether you see info specific to program, grants management, review, or just your own links.
     
  2. Use  Customize Links (in “My Favorite Links” section header in the center of the home page) to add links you commonly use to your extramural intranet home page.

Have questions?  We can help.  OER@od.nih.gov.

Upcoming Staff Training

 


News to Know - 11/5

November 5, 2012

 News to Know

Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 11/5/12

Staff Guidance

OER is tracking institutions and projects negatively impacted by hurricane Sandy and will be issuing guidance to staff on how to let us know about issues shortly. In the meantime, remember we have a web page that speaks to NIH Extramural Response to Natural Disasters and Other Emergencies.

Resource Highlight

In case you missed them, the following grants-related  NIH Manual chapters were updated in the last year:

Upcoming Staff Training

QVR trainings – 11/7, 11/15, 11/27, 12/14, 12/20/201
Understanding the Grants Process (Including the Role of eRA) – 11/13/201
STEP: HIV/AIDS: Have We Conquered the Demon?  – 11/20/2012

 


Amendment and Extension of Due Date for NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation

November 2, 2012

The PHS 2013-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been amended.  The amendment is posted at FedBizOpps  and athttp://sbir.nih.gov, and is referenced in NOT-OD-13-008.  The amendment 1) extends the proposal receipt deadline to December 3, 2012, 2) cancels CDC Topic #017, "Smartphone Application for Global Birth Defects Surveillance", and 3) changes the NCI Contracting Officer contact.

 


News to Know - 10/31

October 31, 2012

News to Know
Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 10/31/12

Key Guide Notices

  • NOT-OD-13-006 - Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Sandy
  • Electronic and paper applications submitted late because of weather problems must include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay. It is not necessary to get permission in advance for weather-related delays in grant application submissions. The delay should not exceed the time period that an applicant organization/institution is closed.

Resource Highlights

  • Unsure where to find information for staff on a particular policy topic?  Check out the A-Z  topic listing on the Extramural Intranet. 
  • Learn the power of RePORT. Short videos highlight the Data Book, Funding Facts, Awards by Location, RePORT Catalog, and MyReporter. Or view the archived webinar to learn about these tools as well as RePORTER. See the RePORT training event page on the extramural intranet.

Upcoming Staff Training

 


NCI Resource Available for Companies Developing In Vitro Diagnostic Tests For Cancer

October 29, 2012The National Cancer Institute's Clinical Assay Development Program (CADP) provides unique assay development and validation services such as assay optimization, design of assay standards or calibrators, determination of assay specificity, sensitivity, and reproducibility, platform migration, and statistical consultation. This free but competitive resource (i.e., you need to apply and get approved)  can help companies establish analytical validity as well as preliminary clinical validity of their in vitro diagnostics, and help them along the path toward submissions to the FDA or integration of the tests into clinical trials.  You are encouraged to visit the NCI CADP website for more information.


eRA Items of Interest - 10/23

October 24, 2012

eRA Items of Interest - 10/23/2012.

 


News to Know - 10/22

October 22, 2012

News to Know
Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 10/22/12

Key Guide Notices

NOT-OD-13-004 - Provides clarification of the financial conflict of interest (FCOI) regulation concerning disclosure requirements for reimbursed and sponsored travel.  FAQs on FCOI have also been updated.

In case you missed this September Notice:  
NOT-OD-12-141 – Interim Guidance for Videos Submitted as NIH Application Materials

NIH will accept only videos as non-traditional application materials for applications submitted for Jan 25 due dates and beyond unless devices or other media are specifically allowed in the funding opportunity announcement.  The only acceptable content for videos is demonstrations of devices and experimental data with a temporal element, which refers to the need to show how something functions or occurs over time, or demonstrates movement or change.

Resource Highlight

Looking for NIH submission policies such as those addressing late applications, continuous submission, post submission materials, etc.?  Find them under due dates and submission policieson the OER website. 

RPPR resources now available. The RPPR webinar for the public and eRA RPPR instruction guide are now available on the public eRA training page.  The staff webinar will be available for viewing later this week on the Progress Report page of the staff intranet.

Upcoming Staff Training

Changes to Foreign Awards for FY13 -  for NIH Program and Grants Mgmt. Staff - 10/24/2012 
Exploring the NIH Portfolio with RePORT and RePORTER - 10/26/2012 
Understanding the Grants Process (Including the Role of eRA) – 11/13/2012

 


NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution -10/22

October 22, 2012

NOT-OD-13-002: NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution

 


Understanding the Grants Process Class - 11/13

October 19, 2012

Understanding the Grants Process

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center (#45), Balcony C

 

Description

Attention extramural staff! Are you new to NIH? This class is designed to walk you through the NIH grants process, from the ‘macro’ to the ‘micro’ level. It will highlight the role played by eRA’s IMPAC II modules, used at each stage of the grants administration work flow, as well as the role technology plays in supporting>new directions in research administration.

 

Who should attend?

New extramural staff who would like to obtain an overview of the grants process at NIH and gain a basic understanding of eRA’s IMPAC II modules.

 

To Register

Click on this link to register and see all of the logistical information regarding the class.

 


NIH Provides Policy Clarification Concerning Disclosure Requirements for Reimbursed and Sponsored Travel

October 18, 2012NOT-OD-13-004 - NIH Provides Policy Clarification Concerning Disclosure Requirements for Reimbursed and Sponsored Travel - 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, "Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which PHS Funding is Sought".


NIH Offers Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR and STTR Phase II Awardees

October 16, 2012NOT-OD-13-003 - NIH Offers Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR and STTR Phase II Awardees; Applications Due November 7, 2012 


NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for Phase II Awardees

October 16, 2012NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Program for Phase II Awardees October 17, 2012.  NIH has contracted with Humanitas, Inc. (Larta Inc., sub-contractor) to provide selected participants with individualized assistance toward accomplishing their commercialization goals for companies whose NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II award is or was active in the past 5 fiscal years,SBIR/STTR projects that ended before August 2007 are not eligible.  For a full description of the program and how to apply, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-003 and the NIH CAP homepage.


News to Know - 10/15/12

October 15, 2012

Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) – 10/15/12

Key Guide Notices

  • NOT-OD-13-002 - NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
    Until FY 2013 appropriations are enacted, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level).

Announcement to Staff

  • The Oct eRA release means eRA Commons as well as all IMPAC II modules and databases will be unavailable from 9 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct 18 to 7 a.m. ET Friday, Oct 19. The release includes the following new features, and more:
    • Payment of foreign grants will be handled electronically
    • Completion of new Receipt and Referral module

Upcoming Staff Training (through Oct)

Upcoming Training for Our Grantees

 


Request for a reconsideration of Total Cost Commitments

October 12, 2012Letter to the Trudeau Institute regarding request for a reconsideration of Total Cost Commitments


News to Know - 10/09/12

October 9, 2012News to Know: Weekly Staff Update from OER – 10/9/12

Organizational ChangeAs of October 1, DEAS employees have reverted back to their ICs.  The DEAS Centralized Center (which handles grants closeout and application types 3-8) is now called the Division of Central Grants Processing and resides in OER’s Office of Administrative Operations.

Announcements to StaffNew eRA help desk on-line ticketing system for staff and our grantee community coming in late October. 

Upcoming Staff Training (through Oct) STEP: Change is Inevitable: How to Lead It - 10/18/2012 
NIH Implementation of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) - 10/22/2012 
Changes to Foreign Awards for FY13 -  for NIH Program and Grants Mgmt Staff - 10/24/2012 
Exploring the NIH Portfolio with RePORT and RePORTER - 10/26/2012

Upcoming Training for Our Grantees
NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Training Webinar for All Grantees - 10/17/2012

 


NIH to Transition to Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications

October 9, 2012
NOT-OD-12-161: NIH Announces Plans to Transition to Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications


News to Know: Weekly Staff Update from OER

October 1, 2012

 From: NIH OER Communications Office (NIH/OD) 
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2012 8:40 AM
To: List EXTRAMURALSTAFF
Subject: News to Know: Weekly Staff Update from OER 

News to Know

Weekly Update from the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER)

 OER is hoping to improve communications with extramural staff by providing a weekly summary of what is new.  We’d love your feedback on how it’s working!

 Key OD Guide Notices

 Publication of Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement
NOT-OD-12-157 - The revised GPS incorporates new and modified requirements, clarifies certain policies, and implements changes in statutes, regulations, and policies that have been implemented since the previous version of the NIHGPS dated 10/1/2011.

 Interim Guidance for Videos Submitted as NIH Application Materials

NOT-OD-12-141 - NIH will accept only videos as non-traditional application materials.  No devices or other media will be accepted unless specified in the FOA. Videos may include demonstrations of devices and other items.

 Announcement of NIH’s Transition to Electronic Submission of Complex Applications

NOT-OD-12-161 – NIH will pilot ASSIST, the new online system for submission of multi-project applications developed by eRA, with select FOAs with due dates Jan - Sept 2013.  Between Sept 2013 and Jan 2014, all multi-project activity codes will transition to required electronic submission.

 

Announcements to Staff

Moratorium on NIH Checklists – sent to grants management and program staff

During the first two weeks of October, NIH will be making changes to both the Program and Grants Management checklists. These changes involve major re-ordering of questions to map to the flow of the RPPR, as well as minor wording changes.

eSubmission Update– sent to EPMC and IC eSub Liasions for distribution to staff

Plea to program officials to make sure to direct applicants having difficulty submitting to the eRA help desk; eSubmission webinar for foreign applicants; complex application transition timeline.

 

New Resources

New Intranet Page for Activity Codes

Consolidates policy and informational resources on activity codes.

New Training Pages

eRA staff and public training pages

Extramural staff training pages 

Webinars for the public

 

Upcoming Staff Training

STEP: Change is Inevitable: How to Lead It - 10/18/2012

NIH Implementation of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) - 10/22/2012

Changes to Foreign Awards for FY13 -  for NIH Program and Grants Mgmt Staff - 10/24/2012

Exploring the NIH Portfolio with RePORT and RePORTER - 10/26/2012

 

Upcoming Training for Our Grantees

NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Training Webinar for All Grantees - 10/17/2012

 

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Short Moratorium on NIH Checklists

September 28, 2012

From: Rebecca Claycamp <rclaycam@mail.nih.gov>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:38:55 -0400
To: Chief GMOs
Cc: "Selden, Chuck (NIH/OD) [E]" <SeldenC@od.nih.gov>
Subject: Short Moratorium on NIH Checklists

 

In preparation for the grantee’s option to use the RPPR for most awards on Oct. 19, during the first two weeks of October, NIH will be making changes to both the Program and Grants Management checklists.  These changes involve major re-ordering of questions to map to the flow of the RPPR, as well as minor wording changes.  Because of the way the checklist system works, any checklist created/started during this revision period—will likely be scrambled and will need to be reset at the IC through the IC Administration module.   To avoid this, beginning September 29 please do not create any GM or Program checklists.  Staff will be given the "all clear" as soon as the revisions are complete, hopefully, no later than October 14.  Checklists started and or completed before September 29 will not be scrambled and I's can choose to use these spreadsheets in lieu of resetting the checklist.  At that time, crosswalks will be provided to help staff in reviewing an eSNAP report with the RPPR checklist.

 

On a related note, On October 22, 2012 from 1:30-3:00pm, NIH will host an extramural staff training webinar for GMS and POs on the new NIH RPPR.  Registration is required.  For more information see the NIH RPPR web site, and the intranet RPPR page.

 

Please share this information widely.

Rebecca Claycamp, MS, CRA

Chief, Grants Management Officer

National Institute of Mental Health

6001 Executive Blvd, Rm 6115

Bethesda, MD  20892-9605

Phone: (301) 443-2811

FAX: (301) 480-1956

 


Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement

September 24, 2012
NOT-OD-12-157: Publication of the Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (Rev. 10/1/2012): Policy Changes and Clarifications Notice

 


New Proactive Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Compliance Program

September 21, 2012
NOT-OD-12-159: Proactive Compliance Oversight Program-Financial Conflict of Interest Requirements for NIH-Supported Institutions


Webinar for Foreign Institutions on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Registration Now Open

September 21, 2012
NOT-OD-12-158: Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Webinar for Foreign Institutions on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 Registration Now Open 


Revised Pre- and Post-Award Forms and Instructions Available

September 20, 2012
NOT-OD-12-152: Revised Pre- and Post-Award Forms and Instructions Available 


Review of Grants Information for Fiscal Year 2012

September 18, 2012

NOT-OD-12-155: Review of Grants Information for Fiscal Year 2012

 


NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I Awardees

September 6, 2012
NIH Offers SBIR/STTR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I  Awardees August 31, 2012.  NIH has contracted with Foresight Science & Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA®) for 125 NIH SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees funded in fiscal years 2012 and the beginning of 2013.  For each eligible SBIR/STTR Phase I project, the TNA® will assess potential uses of the technology and then provide a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology's competitive advantage. For a full description of the program and how to apply, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-146.


NIH Implementation of SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act—What to Expect and When

September 4, 2012
NIH has set up a new website to keep the small business research community abreast of its implementation plan for the many changes resulting from the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011. The site will be updated as the implementation process moves forward so periodically check back. 


2012 SBIR/STTR National Conference, November 13-15, Portland, Oregon

August 29, 2012
The 2012 National SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on November 13-15, 2012.  The theme is 'Crack the Code.'  NIH staff will be present as well as SBIR program managers from all 11 SBIR agencies.  Registration and conference information is available at http://oregonsbir.com/index.html


Total Cost Committment Letter

August 21, 2012

Letter to the Gallo Center approving a reconsideration of total cost commitments.

 


NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 15, 2012

The PHS 2013-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open. Receipt date: November 13, 2012. For additional information, see the 08/15/2012 NIH Guide Notice.

 


SBA issues SBIR and STTR Policy Directives, public comment period open until October 5th, 2012

August 6, 2012

SBA has published the SBIR and STTR policy directives in the Federal Register today, Monday, August 6th, 2012.  NIH and SBA encourage public comments on the SBIR and STTR policy directives on or before October 5, 2012.

NIH is developing a SBIR/STTR reauthorization website, which will launch shortly.  This website will have information about NIH implementation of the Policy Directives, timelines, FAQs, links to SBA information on reauthorization. 

You may submit your comments at the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Follow the instructions for submitting comments using RIN: 3245-AF84 for SBIR comments and RIN: 3245-AF45 for STTR comments.

The policy directives can be found here:

Small Business Innovation Research Program Policy Directive (SBIR)

Small Business Technology Transfer Program Policy Directive (STTR)

To find out more about the publication of the policy directives, read a blog post by Sean Greene, the Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

You may also review an SBA summary of Key Changes and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The FAQs will be updated as SBA receives additional questions from commenters.

SBA will be having public webinars about the SBIR and STTR policy directives on the following dates:

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

To participate in the webinar, send an e-mail to technology@sba.gov. The email should include the date of the webinar you are registering for, the participant's name, title, organization affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. An email containing the call details will be sent out to those who registered prior to the webinar.

Questions on the SBIR and STTR policy directives may be submitted to SBIRComments@sba.gov . These questions will be addressed during the Q&A portion of the webinars.

 


Total Cost Commitment Letter

July 24, 2012
Letter to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation regarding request for a reconsideration of total cost commitments. 


Portfolio Analysis Symposium on July 23-24

June 29, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) is sponsoring a Portfolio Analysis Symposium on July 23-24, 2012 in the main auditorium of the Natcher Conference Center.

The Symposium will focus on the use of data-driven methods to inform management of the NIH investment in biomedical research. It will feature internationally renowned experts in portfolio analysis methods and best practices. These experts are from academia, other federal agencies, research organizations, and industry. Attendees will include decision-makers from across NIH and from other agencies. The Symposium follows from a Portfolio Analysis Workshop, held on February 6, 2012.

For more information, and to register, please seehttp://conferences.thehillgroup.com/DPCPSI/PortfolioAnalysisSymposium/index.html

 


Inactive Grant Records to be Removed, Archived

May 31, 2012
eRA manages the systems of record for NIH grants and thus must comply with the NIH records retention policies.  Its final approved plan involves removing or archiving information on grants and unfunded applications that are 10 or more years old, while maintaining the structured data (e.g. PI names, abstracts) required for reporting purposes. Read more on the eRA Intranet. 


Changes coming to the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)

May 25, 2012

CCR account requests and renewal services are changing.  At the end of July 2012, CCR services are moving to the new System for Award Management (SAM).  The transition to the new system may delay your request for a CCR account.  Please visit https://sam.gov, the CCR web site, and the Grants.gov blog page for details and additional information. We urge you begin the registration process NOW as all required registrations must be complete for a successful submission of an NIH grant application.

 


SBA issues draft SBIR/STTR size rules for public comment

May 25, 2012
On May 15th, SBA issued draft size rules for the SBIR/STTR programs for a 60 day public comment period ending on July 16, 2012.  Based on the reauthorization, the rules address the eligibility requirements for small businesses for the programs, including affiliation, as well as the proposed rules for small businesses majority-owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds and private equity firms.  This is your chance to tell SBA what you think.  There are two places to provide your comments.
1. Federal Register

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/05/15/2012-11586/small-business-size-regulations-small-business-innovation-research-sbir-program-and-small-business

2. Regulations.gov

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=SBA-2012-0008-0001

SBA will also be releasing the draft SBIR and STTR Policy Directives for public comment soon.

 


Additional Policy for Appeals of NIH Initial Peer Review: SRO Response Letter

May 24, 2012

OER Policy Announcement 2012-02 provides additional policy and guidance concerning the written response that is required of Scientific Review Officers (SROs) who manage the initial peer review of applications with appeals of the review outcome. 

 


Audio & Video Recordings Prohibited at Closed Sessions of NIH SRG & NIH Advisory Council or Board Meetings

May 24, 2012

Effective immediately, OER Policy Announcement 2012-01 prohibits audio and video recordings by NIH extramural staff during closed sessions of Scientific Review Group (SRG) meetings and NIH Advisory Council or Board meetings where peer review of NIH applications is taking place.

 


Final Weeks to Register for NIH Regional Seminar

May 24, 2012

NOT-OD-12-109: Final Weeks to Register for NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Washington, D.C. - June 20-22, 2012

 


Letter to the Institute for Systems Biology regarding request for a reconsideration of Total Cost Commitments

March 27, 2012
Letter to the Institute for Systems Biology (PDF) regarding request for a reconsideration of Total Cost Commitments


Letter to The Wistar Institute regarding request for a reconsideration of Total Cost Commitments.

March 26, 2012
Letter to The Wistar Institute (PDF) regarding request for a reconsideration of Total Cost Commitments with incoming request letter, has been posted on the Total Cost Commitments page. 


High Containment Infectious Disease Research Laboratory Facilities Available as a Research Resource

March 14, 2012
The National (NBL) and Regional (RBL) Biocontainment Laboratories are NIH/NIAID-funded state-of-the-art laboratories that focus on research and discovery of novel vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics against the world’s most dangerous diseases.  As such, these academic research centers provide unique and extensive resources, including renowned scientists and expertise, to work collaboratively at the local, national and international levels. You are encouraged to visit the NIAID NBL-RBL website for more information on each facility and to determine which may best meet your research needs.  Together the NBLs and RBLs will work with you to facilitate collaborative research on Category A, B and C priority pathogens with the goal of impacting global health. 


NIH Update - Spring 2012 is available

March 1, 2012
OPERA has posted the Spring 2012 versions of the NIH Update (with notes and without notes). 


SBA releases SBIR-STTR Re-Authorization interim guidance

February 22, 2012
The SBA has released interim guidance for all agencies who manage SBIR and STTR programs in light of the recent re-authorization P.L. 112-81. The guidance can be found in this blog by Sean Greene at SBA. Please read the blog carefully. It discusses the timeline for implementation of the provisions in the re-authorization and when public comment will be solicited on the proposed regulations and policy directives. Per this guidance, in FY2012, NIH will raise the set asides to 2.6% for SBIR and .35% for STTR (they were 2.5% and 0.3% formerly). For all the other provisions in the re-authorization however, NIH will continue to work within the existing regulations and policy directive, until those regulations are amended and the policy directive is updated. This means business as usual for now. The full link for the guidance is here: http://sbir.gov/news/implementing-sbir-and-sttr-reauthorization-our-plan-attack


PHS 2012-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 31, 2012
The PHS 2012-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1)parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1 MB and MS Word - 1 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2012 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2012, and January 7, 2013. 


SBA to host SBIR Education Technology Web Conference on February 1, 2012

January 27, 2012
The Small Business Administration, in partnership with the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation, is hosting a one hour web conference on February 1st at 11am (EST) that highlights exciting SBIR/STTR funding opportunities in the field of Education Technology. See this page for details and how to join the conference http://sbir.gov/events/sba-sbir-ed-tech-web-conference.

 

 

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Nomination period now open until January 31st, 2012 for SBA Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame

December 21, 2011

The nomination period is now open until January 31st, 2012 for Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame.  The Tibbetts Awards are presented to those small businesses and individuals judged to exemplify the best in the SBIR and the STTR programs.  The SBIR Hall of Fame awards will be made to firms with a long period of extraordinary success of research, innovation, and commercialization within the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  A full press release from SBA with links to apply for both programs can be found at their website here: http://sbir.gov/news/nominations-now-open-2012-tibbetts-awards-and-sbir-hall-fame and are embedded above.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through December 16, 2011

November 18, 2011

Congress has extended the SBIR and STTR programs through December 16, 2011. The programs were set to expire on November 18, 2011.

 


Save the Date for the 14th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference May 30 - June 1, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

October 31, 2011

The 14th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky from May 30 to June 1, 2012. We are pleased to work with our local host, the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation to plan an exciting conference for you. The conference will be held on May 30-31 and an optional workshop (to be determined) will be held on June 1. Please block this date off on your calendars and stay tuned for more details as the logistics and agenda are developed.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through November 18, 2011

October 5, 2011

Congress has extended the SBIR and STTR programs through November 18, 2011. The programs were set to expire on October 4, 2011.

 


NIH Office of Technology Transfer offers new exclusive license agreements for start-up companies

October 3, 2011

The NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) has developed new agreements for start-up companies obtain licenses for early-stage biomedical inventions developed by intramural researchers at NIH or FDA.  Companies that are less than 5 years old and have fewer than 50 employees will be eligible to use the new, short-term exclusive Start-Up Evaluation License Agreement and the new Start-Up Commercial License Agreement. These agreements allow a start-up company to take ideas sitting on the shelf, and attract additional investments to develop these NIH and FDA inventions into life-saving products. Please see http://www.ott.nih.gov/nih-start-exclusive-license-agreements for more details.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through October 4, 2011

June 1, 2011

Congress has extended the SBIR and STTR programs through October 4, 2011. The programs were set to expire on September 30, 2011.

 


NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 25, 2011

The PHS 2012-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open. (Receipt date: November 7, 2011. For additional information, see the 08/25/2011 NIH Guide Notice.

 


2011 SBIR/STTR National Conference, November 6-9, New Orleans, LA

August 5, 2011

The next 2011 National SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA on November 6-9, 2011.  The theme is “Small Business Growth Through Technology: Innovate & Create”.  NIH staff will be present as well as SBIR program managers from all 11 SBIR agencies.  Registration and conference information is available athttp://www.sbirla.orgLink to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

 


NIH Offers Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR Phase II Awardees

August 5, 2011

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its SBIR Phase II awardees from the past five years. This program is aimed at assisting participants evaluate their commercialization options based on their specific SBIR-supported technologies and to develop a solid market-entry strategic plan. For details, please check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-11-102 and also review the full program description and instructions on how to apply athttp://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/index.htm. Applications accepted through September 1, 2011.

 


NIH Offers SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR Awardees

July 15, 2011

NIH Offers SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR Awardees July 15, 2011 NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 100 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees funded in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For each eligible SBIR Phase I project, the TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and then provide a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology's competitive advantage. For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-11-094.

 


Save the Date! The Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA on November 6 - 9

June 30, 2011

All 11 Federal agencies (including NIH) that have SBIR and STTR programs will be there. Stayed tuned for details.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through September 30, 2011

June 1, 2011

Congress has extended the SBIR and STTR programs through September 30, 2011. The programs were set to expire on May 31, 2011.

 


Hotel Room Rates for the upcoming 13th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference have been extended

May 31, 2011

Several hotels in the area have extended their hotel room rates for the upcoming June 23 & 23 13th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference. Reserve by June 10 for the Bethesda Marriot Hotel and June 21 for the Bethesda Court Hotel. To make a reservation for the conference, visit the Travel page.

 


A Workshop on Translating SBIR/STTR Technologies Into the Marketplace Added to Agenda for the 13th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference, June 22-23, 2011

April 25, 2011

A workshop on how to translate SBIR/STTR technologies into the marketplace using NIST's National Innovation Marketplace has been added to the agenda for the 13th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference. See the flyer (PDF - 133 KB) for details and for information about how to prepare in advance for this workshop.

 


The 2 Day Error Correction Window has been ELIMINATED as of 1/25/2011

March 1, 2011

Reminder!  The 2 day Error Correction Window has been ELIMINATED as of 1/25/2011.  See NOT-OD-10-123.  Your SBIR/STTR applications must be submitted and error free by 5PM your local time on April 5th and for all future deadlines.  Submit early!

 


Important NIH Grant and Review Policies now in effect.

March 1, 2011

Important NIH Grant and Review Policies now in effect.  Please see NOT-OD-11-021 for a summary and links to all key NIH policies now in effect for the April 5th SBIR/STTR deadline and beyond.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through May 31, 2011

February 2, 2011

Congress has extended the SBIR and STTR programs through May 31, 2011 (P.L. 112-1, 125 Stat. 3). The programs were set to expire on January 31, 2011.

 


2011 SBIR/STTR National Conference, April 10-13, Madison, WI

February 2, 2011

The 2011 SBIR/STTR National Conference will be held in Madison, WI on April 10 - 13.  The theme is Growing the Innovation Ecosystem.  Additional information is available at http://conferencing.uwex.edu/conferences/sbir2011/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer.


PHS 2011-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 24, 2011

The PHS 2011-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1.60 MB and MS Word - 1.4 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2011 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2011, and January 7, 2012.

 

 

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REMINDER: SBIR/STTR Submission Date of Dec 5 Falls to Dec 6 Because of the Weekend

December 1, 2010

If a submission date falls on a weekend, it is extended to the following Monday. SBIR and STTR applications submitted to the December 5 submission date will be considered on time if successfully submitted to Grants.gov on or before December 6 and no later than 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization.

 


Nomination period open until December 15th Tibbetts Awards and new SBIR Hall of Fame

November 19, 2010

Nomination period open until December 15th for Small Business Administration’s Tibbetts Awards and new SBIR Hall of Fame.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through January 31, 2011

October 7, 2010

Congress has extended the SBIR and STTR programs through January 31, 2011 (P.L. 111.251). The programs were set to expire on September 30, 2010.

 


NIH Issues Joint SBIR Phase I Funding Opportunity Announcement with DARPA, NSF, USDA, and DHS in the Area of Robotics

September 27, 2010

Five agencies (NIH, DARPA, NSF, USDA, and DHS) have teamed up and issued a joint funding opportunity announcement for Robotics Technology Development and Deployment (RTD2). Eligible small businesses can apply for research funding for a wide range of topics including robot-assisted rehabilitation, robotics for drug discovery, automated systems for harvesting, inspection, sorting, and handling of animal products and crops, and robots that can disarm explosive devices.

 


Submission Date Extended for 2010-2011 SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)

September 20, 2010

The submission date for applications to participate in the NIH SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program has been extended to September 24, 2010. Selected participants are expected to be notified by September 30, 2010. The CAP offers assistance with business and strategic planning and helps to connect SBIR Phase II awardees with partners, licensees, and/or investors to help move SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. A full description of the program (including eligibility requirements) and application are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/index.htm.

 


NIH Offers Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR Phase II Awardees

August 26, 2010

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its SBIR Phase II awardees from the past six years. Now in its seventh year, this program is designed to help NIH SBIR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. The program includes two distinctive tracks that offer customized assistance for both early stage and seasoned companies: Commercialization Training Track and Accelerator Commercialization Track. For details, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-10-125 and also review the full program description at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/more_on_cap.htm.

 


NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 20, 2010

The PHS 2011-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open. (Receipt date: November 8, 2010. For additional information, see the 08/18/2010 NIH Guide Notice.

 


Congress Extends SBIR/STTR Programs Through September 30, 2010)

August 9, 2010

Congress has again extended the SBIR and STTR programs “as is” through September 30, 2010 (P.L. 111-214)

 


NIH Offers SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR Awardees

July 13, 2010

NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 100 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees funded in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For each eligible SBIR Phase I project, the TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and then provide a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology’s competitive advantage. For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-10-112 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-112.html)

 


IRS Begins Accepting Applications for Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program

June 18, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service today announced that small firms may now begin applying for certification for tax credits or grants available under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program, created by the Affordable Care Act. Additional information is available at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=224513,00.html.

 


2010 SBIR/STTR National Conference, November 8 – 10, Oklahoma City, OK

June 7, 2010

The 2010 SBIR/STTR National Conference will be held in Oklahoma City, OK, on November 8 – 10. Whether you are responsible for doing research or making the sale, innovation depends on recognizing opportunities and making connections thus the theme of this conference is “Making Connections.”  Additional information is available athttp://www.sbirok.org/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer.

 


Bring Innovative Ideas to Market

May 7, 2010

The i6 Challenge is a new $12 million innovation competition administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF).. More...

 


Congress Again Extends SBIR/STTR Programs (Through July 31, 2010)

April 26, 2010

Congress has again extended the SBIR and STTR programs “as is” through July 31, 2010. This extension affects ten of the eleven agencies (including NIH) that participate in SBIR. DoD’s programs were previously extended through September 30, 2010, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 and are not affected by this recent extension.

 


SBIR Phase I and Phase II Award Levels Adjusted by SBA

March 30, 2010

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today, through the Federal Register,  a final amendment to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Policy Directive. This Amendment adjusts SBIR Phase I award levels from $100,000 to $150,000, and Phase II award levels from $750,000 to $1,000,000. The amendment also continues to provide participating agencies with an appropriate degree of flexibility in award size. Applicants submitting NIH SBIR Phase I or Phase II applications (new or resubmissions) targeting due dates on or after April 5, 2010, may base budget requests on these adjusted amounts. Note: This amendment only applies to SBIR, not to the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. However, for both programs, the award levels are statutory guidelines, not ceilings. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to propose a budget that is justified, reasonable and appropriate for completion of the research project. A desire to have more time to change the budget request will not be allowed as a valid reason for a late submission.  Also, it will not be possible to increase the budget request after the submission.  As always, applicants are encouraged to contact NIH program staff listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement to discuss their scientific project and budget plans.

 


Slides and Webinar Recording Now Available

March 16, 2010

On March 15th, the NIH SBIR/STTR Office held a webinar on “Enhancing Peer Review: What's An Applicant to Do?” Slides and recording of the webinar are now available. Answers to forum questions as soon as possible. The webinar had a record 1000 participants.

 


NIH Offers Webinar to Help Applicants Prepare for April 5 Submission

March 4, 2010

On March 15, 2:00 – 4:00, NIH will participate in a webinar to help small business concerns prepare for the April 5 submission deadline. Those submitting for the first time may be feeling overwhelmed. Experienced applicants may also find it a daunting task given the recent Enhancing Peer Review changes that are now in effect. Registration is free but mandatory and may be completed at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/735602218. Additional information is available at April 5_Submission_Email. (PDF - 30 KB)

 


SBIR/STTR Programs Extended Through April 30, 2010

February 4, 2010

Congress has not yet completed the SBIR and STTR reauthorizations so have again extended the SBIR and STTR programs “as is” through April 30, 2010. This extension affects ten of the eleven agencies (including NIH) that participate in SBIR. DoD’s programs were previously extended through September 30, 2010, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 and are not affected by this recent extension.

 


PHS 2010-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 15, 2010

The PHS 2010-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1.60 MB and MS Word - 1.4 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2010 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2010, and January 7, 2011.

 

 

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Upcoming Changes to the Submission of Grant Applications (includes shorter page limits)

December 29, 2009

All new or resubmission applications targeting due dates on or after January 25, 2010 require the use of new application forms and instructions, which include a restructured Research Plan section and shorter page limits. SBIR and STTR applications are limited to a single page for the Specific Aims. Phase I applications are now limited to a maximum of 6 pages for the Research Strategy section. Phase II and Fast Track applications are limited to 12 pages for the Research Strategy section and 12 pages for the Commercialization Plan. Introductions for ALL resubmissions are now limited to one page. Calendar year 2010 SBIR and STTR parent funding opportunity announcements will be released in early to mid-January and will reflect the new format and requirements. For additional information, see Kay Etzler's December 22, 2009 note (MS Word - 35 KB) to the Small Business Research Community and the Enhancing Peer Review Web site.

 


REMINDER: SBIR/STTR Submission Date of Dec 5 Falls to Dec 7 Because of the Weekend

November 23, 2009

If a submission date falls on a weekend, it is extended to the following Monday. SBIR and STTR applications submitted to the December 5 submission date will be considered on time if successfully submitted to Grants.gov on or before December 7 and no later than 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization.

 


SBIR/STTR Programs Extended Through January 31, 2010

November 11, 2009

The House and Senate have not yet completed the SBIR and STTR reauthorizations so the programs have again been extended “as is” for an additional three months through January 31, 2010. This extension affects ten of the eleven agencies (including NIH) participating in SBIR. DoD’s programs were previously extended through September 30, 2010, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

 


Congress passes temporary extension for SBA programs, including SBIR/STTR

September 29, 2009

Note: Applicants are encouraged to apply for current funding opportunity announcements available at NIH. After, October 31, 2009, review and funding will be dependent on reauthorization or another extension of the SBIR/STTR programs. However, NIH does not expect any disruption to its regular operations (e.g., review, award timelines). Please be assured that any additional guidance will be provided as NIH receives further information.

On September 25th, Congress passed H.R. 3614, a measure that authorizes the Small Business Administration (SBA) programs through October 31, 2009, providing yet another stopgap extension for the SBIR/STTR programs. Like SBIR/STTR, many SBA programs have been operating under a series of short-term extensions. Although the House and Senate small business committees have been trying to negotiate an SBIR/STTR reauthorization, they have been unable to agree on specific provisions.

 


Submission Date Extended for 2009-2010 SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)

September 16, 2009

The submission date for applications to participate in the NIH SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program has been extended to September 22, 2009. Selected participants will still be notified by September 30, 2009. The CAP offers assistance with business and strategic planning and helps to connect SBIR Phase II awardees with partners, licensees, and/or investors to help move SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. A full description of the program (including eligibility requirements) and application are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/index.htm.

 


NIH Offers Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR Phase II Awardees

August 27, 2009

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its SBIR Phase II awardees from the past six years. Now in its sixth year, this program is designed to help NIH SBIR Phase II awardees transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. The program includes two distinctive tracks that offer customized assistance for both early stage and seasoned companies: Commercialization Training Track and Accelerator Commercialization Track. For details, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-09-145 and also review the full program description at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/cap/more_on_cap.htm.

 


NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 19, 2009

The PHS 2010-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open. (Receipt date: November 9, 2009. For additional information, see the 08/19/2009 NIH Guide Notice.

 


NIH Offers SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR Awardees

July 17, 2009

NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 50 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees. Awardees must have received their Phase I grant/contract in either fiscal year (FY) 2009 or the upcoming FY 2010. For each eligible SBIR Phase I project, the TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and then provide a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology’s competitive advantage. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-09-122 (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-122.html).

 


NIH Announces Two New ARRA Funding Opportunity Announcements

June 3, 2009

NIH has released two new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that may be of interest to the small business research community and will be supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Recovery Act” or “ARRA"). These are:

Application due dates for these FOAs are September 1.

 


SBIR Program Extended Through July 31, 2009

March 20, 2009

Note: NIH intends to accept SBIR and STTR applications for 2009 due dates that have been announced (e.g., Apr 5, Aug 5, Dec 5). Applicants are encouraged to apply on any of these dates and when their application is ready for submission. For dates after July 31, 2009, review and funding will be dependent on reauthorization or another extension of the SBIR program. However, NIH does not expect any disruption to its regular operations (e.g., review, award timelines). Please be assured that any additional guidance will be provided as NIH receives further information.

House Votes to Reauthorizes Small Business Programs by Kathryn A. Wolfe, CQ Staff

The House Tuesday passed a bill to extend certain expiring small business programs through July 31.

Passed by voice vote, the bill (HR 1541) would reauthorize several Small Business Administration programs set to expire at the end of the week, including the Small Business Innovation Research program, which seeks to involve small high-tech businesses in federal research activities and help commercialize cutting-edge high-tech research.

Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, said the extension will give lawmakers time to work on a more extensive overhaul of SBA programs.

“Extending these programs is important but we must not lose sight of a larger goal. Later this Congress we will pass legislation to modernize the SBA and change the agency’s culture. In these difficult economic times we will need an SBA that can respond effectively. This will require extensive reforms,” she said.

David Wu, chairman of the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, said the research program and others need an update.

“Moving forward if we are to continue realizing the full value of SBIR we must authorize them with changes that reflect the evolving innovation environment. It must be an innovation program as well as a jobs and small business program,” Wu said.

He noted that in particular lawmakers must find a way to resolve an issue that, in part, led to problems passing a standalone reauthorization last year: to what extent venture capital-backed high-tech firms should be able to participate in grant awards.

Small businesses not backed by venture capital have argued that allowing them access to grants would crowd out the very startup businesses the grant programs are intended to help flourish.

Beyond SBIR, the extension would reauthorize all SBA programs set to expire at the end of the week, including:

  • the Federal and State Technology Partnership Program;
  • the SBA's gift acceptance and co-sponsorship authority;
  • the Paul D. Coverdell Drug-Free Workplace Program;
  • the HUBZone Program; and
  • the National Women's Business Council.

The Senate passed the measure later that same day without amendment by unanimous consent and referred H.R. 1541 to the White House, where the President signed it into law, P.L. 111-10, on March 19.

 


NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research (RFA-OD-09-003) - New Funding Opportunity for Small Businesses (Application due date: April 27, 2009)

March 5, 2009

NIH has received new funds for Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Pub. L. No. 111-5. The NIH has designated at least $200 million in FYs 2009 - 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research. Read More...

This new program will support research on topic areas that address specific scientific and health research challenges in biomedical and behavioral research that would benefit from significant 2-year jumpstart funds.

The NIH has identified a range of Challenge Areas that focus on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways. Each NIH Institute, Center, and Office has selected specific Challenge Topics within the broad Challenge Areas (PDF - 1.7 MB) related to its mission. The research in these Challenge Areas should have a high impact in biomedical or behavioral science and/or public health.

NIH anticipates funding 200 or more grants, each of up to $1 million in total costs, pending the number and quality of applications and availability of funds. Additional funds may be available to support additional grants, particularly in the Challenge Area of Comparative Effectiveness Research.

The application due date is April 27, 2009.

 


REMINDER: SBIR/STTR Submission Date of April 5 Falls to April 6 Because of the Weekend

February 26, 2009

If a submission date falls on a weekend, it is extended to the following Monday. SBIR and STTR applications submitted to the April 5 submission date will be considered on time if successfully submitted to Grants.gov on or before April 6 and no later than 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization.

 


PHS 2009-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 22, 2009

The PHS 2009-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF - 1.70 MB and MS Word - 1.46 MB formats). The due dates for CY 2009 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2009, and January 7, 2010. Note to Phase II Applicants: See NIH Policy Change on Threshold for Negotiation of Facilities and Administrative (F&A)/Indirect Costs for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grants (NOT-OD-09-038)

 

 

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NIH SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation to be released mid-January 2009

December 17, 2008

PHS-2009-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications is expected to be released on or around January 16, 2009. The due dates for CY 2009 will be April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications will be due May 7, September 7, 2009, and January 7, 2010.

 


Webinar November 2008 – Ask The Experts: SBIR/STTR Grant Application Submissions for Dec 5, 2008

November 26, 2008

 


SBIR/STTR Applications to Transition to Adobe-based Forms Beginning January 8, 2009

October 15, 2008

The NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-08-117 announced the schedule for transitioning from PureEdge to Adobe-based forms. SBIR/STTR applications submitted after the January 7, 2009 AIDs receipt date must be submitted using Adobe-based forms. Applications submitted to the AIDs January 7, 2009, receipt date will use PureEdge software. Additional information is available at the NIH Electronic Submission of Grant Applications website http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/.

 


New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications

October 8, 2008

NIH has announced a change in the policy on resubmission (amended) applications that applies to all applications including SBIR and STTR. Beginning with those submitted for the January 25, 2009 due date and beyond, all original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications will be permitted only a single amendment (A1). Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews. Details are included in Guide Notice NOT-OD-09-003.

 


SBIR Program Extended Temporarily Until March 20, 2009

September 16, 2008

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has informed agencies of recent legislative developments affecting the authorization of the SBIR Program, originally set to expire September 30, 2008. SBA has determined that P.L. 110-235 (signed into law on May 25, 2008), temporarily extends through March 20, 2009, all programs authorized under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958. SBA’s Acting General Counsel has provided official notification (PDF - 360 KB) to agencies that this extension includes the SBIR program. Therefore, agencies’ responsibilities for the SBIR Program will continue uninterrupted until March 20, 2009. (Note: The STTR Program is reauthorized through September 30, 2009.)

 


NIH Offers New Dual-Track Commercialization Assistance Program to SBIR Phase II Awardees

September 5, 2008

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its SBIR Phase II awardees from the past five years. Now in its fifth year, this program is designed to help some of the nation's most promising life science small companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. New this year is two distinctive tracks that offer customized assistance for both early stage and seasoned companies: Commercialization Training Track and Accelerator Commercialization Track. For details, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-08-113 and also review the full program description at http://nihcap.larta.org/about/ProgramDescription.aspx.

 


SBA proposes to increase SBIR Phase I and Phase II award thresholds. Comments on Federal Register Notice due by September 15, 2008.

August 21, 2008

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks comments on proposal to raise SBIR Phase I award threshold amounts from $100,000 to $150,000, and Phase II award threshold amounts from $750,000 to $1,000,000. SBA believes these changes will cover general increases in the costs of conducting SBIR-funded projects that have occurred since 1992 due to inflation. Also see the full Federal Register Notice

Comments must be received on or before September 15, 2008. You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3245-AF61 by any of the following methods:
(1) Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, follow the instructions for submitting comments; (2) Mail: Office of Technology, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416; or
(3) Hand Delivery/Courier: Edsel Brown, Assistant Director, Office of Technology, 409 Third Street, SW., Washington, DC 20416.

Contact/Inquiries:
Edsel Brown
Assistant Director, Office of Technology
202.205.7343 (phone) or technology@sba.gov (email)

 


NIH Offers SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR awardees in FYs 2008 and 2009 Now Available

August 19, 2008

NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 75 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees for fiscal year (FY) 2008 and the upcoming FY 2009. For each eligible SBIR Phase I project, the TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and result in a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology’s competitive advantage. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-08-100 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-100.html).

 


NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 7, 2008

The PHS 2009-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open (Receipt date: November 3, 2008). Also see the 08/08/2008 NIH Guide Notice - Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Contract Solicitation (PHS 2009-1) Now Available.

 


PHS 2008-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 25, 2008

The PHS 2008-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&app;R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) a parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics (in PDF and MS Word formats). The due dates for CY 2008 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2008, and January 7, 2009.

 


Registration Now Open for 2008 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration

January 25, 2008

2008 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration: Space Limited

Registration for the 2008 NIH Regional Seminars is now open (NOT-OD-07-076).

The seminars provide a unique opportunity to interact with key NIH experts in extramural program funding and grants administration and cover topics ranging from opportunity identification and application preparation through post award administration. Presentations are targeted towards research administrators, new and experienced investigators, post docs and trainees. Here’s your opportunity to meet experts from the NIH SBIR/STTR program, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, Office of Human Subject Protections, Program Officers from several different NIH Institutes, Grants Management Officers, and so many others – including a team of experts who will be available to answer your specific Commons and electronic submission questions at the eRA booth.

In addition to the two-day seminars, you also have the opportunity to register for an additional day of eRA Workshops in the following areas:

  • eRA Commons Administration Basics (targeted for Account Administrators)
  • eRA Commons Status for Administrators
  • xTrain (targeted for Administrators and Program Directors of training grants)
  • eRA Commons for Principal Investigators and their Delegates

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet NIH experts face-to-face who are ready to answer your questions.

Contact: Ms. Cynthia Dwyer (dwyerc@mail.nih.gov), Communications and Outreach Specialist, Office of Extramural Research, OD, NIH

 

 

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PHS 2008-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants To Be Available Mid-January 2008

December 18, 2007

The PHS 2008-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications will be available on or around January 15, 2008. The solicitation consists of: (1) a parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR, (2) a parent FOA for STTR, and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics. The receipt dates for CY 2008 are April 5, August 5, and December 5. AIDS and AIDS-related applications are due May 7, September 7, 2008, and January 7, 2009.

 


Last Minute December 5 Submission Tips Now Available

November 29, 2007

The next SBIR/STTR receipt date (December 5) is fast approaching. To help the e-submission process to go smoothly, review the last minute submission tips prepared by JoAnne Goodnight, the NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator.

 


10th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference to be held July 22-23, 2008 – Save the Date

October 29, 2007

The 10th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference is scheduled for July 22-23, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia and will be hosted by the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute. Additional information is available at www.gabio.org/SBIRconference2008.

 


Register Now for the 2007 National SBIR/STTR Fall Conference

September 12 , 2007

Register now for the 2007 National SBIR/STTR Fall Conference to be held in Richardson, TX, October 29 - November 1, 2007. Early registration closes October 1. See SBIR/STTR Fall Conference 07 Website for details.

 


Important Educational Opportunity for Small Business Research Administrators

September 11 , 2007

If interested, please attend the “Small Business Thread” (MS Word - 62 KB) at the SRA 2007 Annual Meeting to be held October 13-17, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee.

 


Submission Date Extended for SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)

August 20, 2007

The submission date for applications to participate in the NIH SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program has been extended to September 4, 2007 (day after Labor Day) and selected participants will be notified by September 11, 2007. The CAP offers assistance with business and strategic planning and connects SBIR Phase II awardees with partners, licensees, and/or investors to help move SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. It targets those seeking investments or strategic alliances and is especially helpful with those with clinical products that may take years to commercialize. A full description of the program is available at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/NIHCAP-ProgramDescription.pdf (PDF - 326 KB).

 


NIH Announces Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its Phase II SBIR Awardees

August 3, 2007

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its SBIR Phase II awardees from 2002 to 2007. Now in its fourth year, this program is designed to help some of the nation's most promising life science small companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) Applications for participation are accepted through 5:00 p.m. PDT, August 24, 2007. For details, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-082 and also review the full program description at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/NIHCAP-ProgramDescription.pdf (PDF - 325 KB).

 


NIH/CDC SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 2, 2007

The PHS 2008-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open (Receipt date: November 5, 2007). Also see the 08/02/2007 NIH Guide Notice - Release of the NIH/CDC Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contract Solicitation (PHS 2008-1).

 


REMINDER:SBIR/STTR Submission Date of August 5 Falls to August 6 Because of the Weekend

July 31, 2007

If a submission date falls on a weekend, it is extended to the following Monday. SBIR and STTR applications submitted to the August 5 submission date will be considered on time if successfully submitted to Grants.gov on or before August 6 and no later than 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant organization.

 


NIH Announces the Availability of an SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR awardees in FYs 2007 and 2008

July 31, 2007

NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 75 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees who received awards in fiscal year (FY) 2007 and upcoming FY 2008. The TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and result in a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology's competitive advantage. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-07-080 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-080.html).

 


Pipeline to Partnerships (P2P)

July 6, 2007

The NIH Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) and the SBIR/STTR Program Office have identified a way to assist NIH licensees and SBIR/STTR awardees in crossing the so-called “Valley of Death” - the costly divide between early-stage technologies and those representing more intermediate stage development eagerly sought by companies. OTT joined with the NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office to create a virtual space where NIH licensees and SBIR/STTR grantees can showcase their technologies and product development for an audience of potential strategic partners, investors, and licensees. A pipeline of technologies available for partnering is on the OTT website at as an index searchable by category of technology and stage of development ...
More...

 


SBIR/STTR Multiple PD/PI Frequently Asked Questions

March 3, 2007

NIH has implemented a policy to allow more than one Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) on research projects, including SBIR and STTR awards. The policy offers new approaches to maximize the potential of “team science” efforts. The multiple Principal Investigator (PI) model will supplement, and not replace, the traditional single Principal Investigator (PI) model. Specific information about the multiple PD/PI option is included in Funding Opportunity Announcements. A set of questions and answers is also available to assist the small business research community. See SBIR/STTR Multiple PD/PI Frequently Asked Questions and the Multiple Principal Investigators Home Page.

 


PHS 2007-2 Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grants Now Available

January 16, 2007

The PHS 2007-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) a parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR (PA-07-280), (2) a parent FOA for STTR (PA-07-281), and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics. See the 01/16/2007 NIH Guide Notice for more information.

 

 

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Change in SBIR/STTR Submission Date Effective January 1, 2007

October 10, 2006

Effective January 1, 2007, the standard submission dates for SBIR and STTR applications will be April 5, August 5, and December 5. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT THE DECEMBER 1, 2006 OR THE JANUARY 2, 2007 AIDs AND AIDS-RELATED SUBMISSION DATES. Submission dates for all NIH grant mechanisms have been spread out to accommodate the high volume peaks in the electronic submission process. Additional information may be found in the recently released notice that was placed in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-07-001.html) on October 6, 2006.

 


SWIFT VI (SBIR/STTR - Where Innovation Focuses Technology)

September 7, 2006

SWIFT VI (SBIR/STTR - Where Innovation Focuses Technology) - a multi-state, multi-agency federal outreach effort, travels to Montana, Wyoming and Colorado September 11-14, 2006.

 


NIH Announces the Availability of an SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR awardees in FY 2006 and FY 2007

August 8, 2006

NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 150 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees who received awards in fiscal years 2006 and 2007. The TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and result in a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology’s competitive advantage. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-06-089 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-089.html).

 


Expanded Opportunity to Participate in the NIH SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)

August 8, 2006

NIH has become increasingly aware that the market size for many healthcare media companies is growing significantly and is attracting increased interest from investors and industrial partners. The goals of the CAP align with the current state of the market for these companies, so NIH has expanded the opportunity for healthcare media companies to participate in the program. NIH will now accept applications from all NIH (not CDC or FDA) SBIR (not STTR) Phase II awardees (grantees and contractors) with projects active in fiscal year 2001 to the present. Those only seeking the identification of customers are still considered not appropriate. Applications must be submitted by August 16, 2006.

All selected participants will be notified by August 25. A detailed program description is available at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/NIHCAP-ProgramDescription.pdf (PDF - 208 KB) and to apply, please complete the application available at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/ . Also review the notice placed in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts (NOT-OD-06-081) that was released July 10, 2006.

 


Submission Date Extended for SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP)

July 28, 2006

The submission date for applications to participate in the NIH SBIR Commercialization Assistance Program has been extended to August 7, 2006. This should come as good news to those who are busily working on their SBIR and/or STTR applications for the August 1 submission date. The CAP offers assistance with business and strategic planning and connects SBIR Phase II awardees with partners, licensees, and/or investors to help move SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. It targets those seeking investments or strategic alliances and is most appropriate for those with clinical products that may take years to commercialize. A full description of the program is available at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/NIHCAP-ProgramDescription.pdf (PDF - 208 KB).

 


NIH Announces Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its Phase II SBIR Awardees

July 10, 2006

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its SBIR Phase II awardees from 2001 to 2006. Now in its third year, this program is designed to help some of the nation’s most promising life science small companies develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR-developed products into the marketplace. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For details, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-06-081 and also review the full program description at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/NIHCAP-ProgramDescription.pdf (PDF - 208 KB).

 


NIH Comments to GAO SBIR Report

June 20, 2006

The NIH has provided additional comments (PDF - 168 KB) on the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report (PDF - 2.3 MB) entitled “Small Business Innovation Research: Information on Awards Made by NIH and DOD in Fiscal Years 2001 Through 2004” (GAO-06-565).

 


Change in date and time electronic grant applications are due

March 22, 2006

Since the April 1 submission date falls on a Saturday, the submission date extends to the next business day, Monday, April 3, 2006. Electronic grant applications must be successfully received by Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization)in order to be considered “on time.” See NOT-OD-06-050.

 


NIH Announces the Third Round of its SBIR Niche Assessment Program

February 16, 2006

NIH is announcing the availability of about 50 slots for participation in the third round of its SBIR Niche Assessment Program. This round will begin in mid-May with the completion of a Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) by Foresight Science and Technology by late August 2006. Only SBIR Phase I FY 2005 and 2006 awardees are eligible to participate. The TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and will result in a report that will identify market issues such as the needs and concerns of end-users, competing technologies and products, the competitive advantage of the technology, key competitors, potential customers and commercialization partners, and a suggested a commercialization strategy that includes tasking and a schedule for implementation. A full description of the program and registration information is available from notice NOT-OD-06-001 that appeared in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts in October 2005.

 


PHS 2006-2 Omnibus Solicitation and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are Now Available

January 20, 2006

The PHS 2006-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available. The solicitation consists of: (1) a parent funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for SBIR (PA-06-120), (2) a parent FOA for STTR (PA-06-121), and (3) narrative descriptions of the programs and research topics. See the 01/23/2006 NIH Guide Notice for more information.

 


Tips and Tools for Navigating Electronic Submission of Applications

January 19, 2006

The NIH has recently successfully completed its first major round of accepting SBIR and STTR electronic grant applications through the government-wide portal grants.gov and the NIH eRA Commons. If you’re planning a submission in the near future, review the “Common Causes for Rejected Applications” website to learn of the mistakes that were commonly made and how to avoid them.

 


NIH Offers Training on New Electronic Grant Application Process and the SF424 (R&R)

January 6, 2006

If you are planning to submit an NIH SBIR or STTR application, learn about the new electronic submission process and get prepared NOW! NIH is offering training at its Natcher Conference Center on the NIH Campus on January 11, 2006, and video cast participation is also available. This training will provide an overview of NIH's electronic submission transition plans, the submission process, and the new form set. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentations. Registration is required for both Natcher and Video Cast participation. Visit http://era.nih.gov/training/ElectronicSubmission/ for more information.

 


Expiration of Federal Wide Assurances for Human Subject Research

January 6, 2006

This is a reminder that any institution requiring an FWA that has not obtained an OHRP-approved renewal to its FWA prior to the expiration date will no longer be covered by an OHRP-approved assurance of compliance. Therefore, any ongoing human subjects research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at your institution that is not exempt will need to be suspended until your institution submits, and OHRP approves, an FWA renewal. Submitting your institution's FWA in a timely manner for OHRP approval, if needed, will ensure the continuity of human subjects research conducted at your institution under an FWA. See the OHRP FAQ website for additional information.

 

 

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Electronic Submission Alert

December 15, 2005

Organizations that submitted SBIR/STTR applications to Grants.gov on or before December 8, 2005 that have not yet been able to resolve NIH validation errors should continue to work with NIH to complete the submission process by December 22. We apologize for any difficulties you may be experiencing getting through to the eRA Helpdesk phone support team. We encourage you to review information on common errors and resolutions at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/avoiding_errors.htm and take advantage of e-mail support at commons@od.nih.gov. When requesting support please provide your PI Commons user name and contact information, Grants.gov tracking number and your specific questions. Changed/corrected applications should include a cover letter with explanation. Note that due to a scheduled release of system enhancements, Grants.gov will be down and not accepting applications from 5 PM EST on December 16, 2005 to 8 AM EST, Monday, December 19, 2005.

 


Electronic Submission Alert

December 8, 2005

Organizations that have submitted SBIR/STTR applications on or before December 8, 2005 will have an additional week (ending December 15, 2005) to work with NIH to complete the submission process. Changed/corrected applications should include a cover letter with explanation.

 


Important Helpful Hints for SBIR/STTR Applicants

November 19, 2005

Note from Jo Anne Goodnight to the Small Business Community concerning important steps you need to take if you are planning to submit for the upcoming December 1 submission date. Click here for more information...

 


NIH offers SBIR Niche Assessment Program to Phase I Awardees

October 5, 2005

NIH announces the availability of an SBIR Niche Assessment Program for Phase I SBIR awardees in FY 2005 and FY 2006. NIH has contracted with Foresight Science and Technology to perform Technology Niche Analyses (TNA™) for 150 NIH SBIR Phase I awardees. The TNA™ will assess potential uses of the technology and result in a report that addresses the end-user needs, current and emerging competing technologies, the market dynamics, and the technology’s competitive advantage. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For a full description of the program, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-06-001 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-001.html).

 


NIH Sets Up Website for Researchers Affected by Hurricane Katrina

September 7, 2005

NIH has released a website for researchers and institutions affected by Hurricane Katrina. Visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/katrina/index.htm to keep abreast of information relevant to the biomedical research community.

 


NIH offers Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its Phase II SBIR Awardees

August 24, 2005

NIH announces the availability of a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for its 2000 through 2005 SBIR Phase II awardees. This program was previously limited to only current Phase II SBIR awardees and the pool of eligible grantees is now expanded to include any SBIR Phase II company who has received a Phase II award since January 1, 2000, to present. (NOTE: This program is not available to STTR awardees.) For details, check the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-05-069 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-069.html and review the full program description at http://www.larta.org/nihcap/NIHProgramDescription.pdf.

 


NIH Announces SBIR Program and STTR Program Electronic Registration Notice Number: NOT-OD-05-068

August 23, 2005

For further information about the Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Research Program Electronic Registration, see NOT-OD-05-068.

 


NIH Announces Initial Plans to Transition to the SF424(R&R) Application and Electronic Submission through Grants.gov: NOT-OD-05-067

August 23, 2005

For further information about the transition to the SF424(R&R), see NOT-OD-05-067.

 


Presentations from 7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference now available

August 5, 2005

Presentations from the 7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that was held July 28 & 29, 2005 on the NIH Bethesda Campus, are now available. Click here for viewing.

 


Attention NIH SBIR/STTR Grant Applicants: Register on Grants.gov and NIH eRA Commons Now!

July 15, 2005

NIH SBIR/STTR grant applicants will soon be expected to submit applications online to the NIH through the government-wide Grants.gov portal. Grant applicants must first complete a registration process. Organizations are strongly encouraged to register with Grants.gov now to ensure that they are ready to take advantage of the electronic submission process, which is expected to take effect for the December 1, 2005, submission date. Check this website and the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for updates.

Submission Process
1) Grants.gov: To submit grant applications electronically, applicants must first complete a registration process with Grants.gov. Go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html and follow the steps for mandatory registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) and Grants.gov. Start now to avoid potential delays in electronic submission! It can take several weeks for the registration process to be completed by Grants.gov.
2) eRA Commons: If not already registered, NIH grant applicants must also complete a one-time registration in the NIH eRA Commons

For More Information
Questions concerning this announcement should be directed to:

Kathleen Shino
E-mail: shinok@mail.nih.gov
Phone: (301) 435-2689

 


REMINDER: Poster Abstracts for 7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference Due May 27th

May 24, 2005

The deadline for submission of an abstract for consideration for the poster session at the 7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference is May 27th. Any SBIR or STTR Phase II awardee is eligible to submit. Submission instructions are available at the conference website http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRConf2005/poster.htm.

 


Changes Made to SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation to Incorporate Recent PHS 398 Edits

April 27, 2005

Changes have been made to the NIH, CDC, and FDA Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR to incorporate the recent PHS 398 edits reflecting the recent changes in Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) requirements for protection of human subjects participating in research conducted or supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

 


NIH Seeking Abstracts for Poster Presentations at 7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference

April 14, 2005

NIH SBIR/STTR Phase II Awardees are invited to showcase their successful results derived from their SBIR and/or STTR projects at the 7th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference. To submit, visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRConf2005/poster.htm.

 


Reminder: The modular budget format no longer applies to SBIR/STTR grant applications

March 28, 2005

The modular budget format no longer applies to SBIR/STTR grant applications. All applicants (Phase I, Phase II, FastTrack) must complete and submit budget requests using Form Page 4 and Form Page 5.

 


Changes Made to SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation to Incorporate Recent PHS 398 Edits

March 18, 2005

Changes have been made to the NIH, CDC, and FDA Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR to incorporate the recent PHS 398 edits.

 


SBIR/STTR Final Report Instructions Now Aligned with PHS 398 (9/2004)

February 9, 2005

The SBIR/STTR Final Report Instructions in the PHS Omnibus Solicitiation for Phase I and Phase II are now aligned with the SBIR/STTR final report instructions in the PHS 398 (revised 9/2004).

 


PHS 2005-2 Omnibus Solicitation for Phase I SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and UPDATED Instructions for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grant Applications Now Available

January 14, 2005

The PHS 2005-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and UPDATED instructions for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available [http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol]. Please be sure to read the important "Changes and Reminders". See the 01/14/2005 NIH Guide Notice for more information and SBIR/STTR contacts.

 

 

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Important SBIR/STTR Updates and Reminders - Letter from NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator

November 8, 2004

See the letter from Jo Anne Goodnight, NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator, that was sent the to the SBIR/STTR LISTSERV, with information on the following topics:

  • PHS 398 Grant Application Forms and Instructions
  • PHS 2590 Grant Application Forms and Instructions
  • Funding Opportunities announced through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts
  • Invention Reporting Requirements
  • NIH Welcomes STTR Applications
  • The NIH Commons -- Electronic Grants Administration
  • Managing Your Grants and Contracts: Pre and Post-Award Administration

Instructions for subscribing to the SBIR/STTR LISTSERV are contained at the bottom of the letter.

 


The newly revised PHS 398 instructions and forms are now available

November 2, 2004

The newly revised "Application for a DHHS Public Health Service Grant" (PHS 398, rev. 9/04) instructions and forms are now available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm and will be accepted for submission/receipt dates on or after December 1, 2004. All applications received on or after May 10, 2005 must use the new instructions and forms. During the transition period, applications using the previous version (rev. 5/01) of the PHS 398 will be accepted through May 9, 2005. However, after this date, applications submitted using instructions and forms other than the PHS 398 (rev 9/04) will be returned to the applicant.

 


The newly revised PHS 2590 instructions and forms are now available

November 2, 2004

Progress Reports using the newly revised "U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Non-Competing Grant Progress Report" (PHS 2590, rev. 9/04) instructions and forms will be accepted immediately. All progress reports received on or after May 1, 2005 must use the new version. The newly revised instructions and forms are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.

 


Submitting an application in response to a Program Announcement (PA) or Request for Application (RFA) that was issued through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts?

October 12, 2004

If you are submitting an application in response to a PA or RFA announced through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, you may not also submit an identical or essentially identical application under the Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications. See more information below.

Similar, Essentially Identical, or Identical Applications

The NIH will not accept similar grant applications with essentially the same research focus from the same applicant organization. This includes derivative or multiple applications that propose to develop a single product, process or service that, with non-substantive modifications, can be applied to a variety of purposes. Likewise, identical or essentially identical grant applications submitted by different applicant organizations will not be accepted. Applicant organizations should ascertain and assure that the materials they are submitting on behalf of the principal investigator are the original work of the principal investigator and have not been used elsewhere in the preparation and submission of a similar grant application. Applications to the NIH are grouped by scientific discipline for review by individual Scientific Review Groups and not by disease or disease state. The reviewers can thus easily identify multiple grant applications for essentially the same project. In these cases, application processing may be delayed or the application(s) may be returned to the applicant without review.

 


Contracts vs. Grants: What's the difference?

October 12, 2004

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports research using both grants and contracts. About 95% of NIH SBIR awards are made through the grant (assistance) mechanism, and about 5% of NIH SBIR awards are made through the contract (procurement) mechanism. Click Here for more information.

 


NIH Releases Program Announcement to Encourage Manufacturing-Related Submissions

October 5, 2004

n its commitment to support President Bush's Executive Order 13329 (PDF - 86 KB) which encourages innovation in manufacturing-related research and development, NIH has released Program Announcement PA-04-161 that focuses on our SBIR/STTR program to encourage biomedical research related to advanced processing, manufacturing processes, equipment and systems; or manufacturing workforce skills and protection. Small businesses may also be interested in reading a U.S. Department of Commerce 2004 report, "Manufacturing in America: A Comprehensive Strategy to Address the Challenges to U.S. Manufacturers (PDF - 2.1 MB)."

 


Registration is open for the National SBIR/STTR Conference (Nov. 1-4, 2004, Boise, Idaho)

September 21, 2004

Register now for the fall National SBIR/STTR Conference in Boise, Idaho (November 1-4, 2004). Take advantage of the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Federal Program Managers! Whether you are new to the SBIR/STTR program or have received awards in the past, the sessions will help you enhance your participation in the SBIR/STTR Program.

 


Six Additional CDC Topics have been added to the SBIR Contracts Solicitation

August 31, 2004

The NIH/CDC 2005 SBIR Contract Solicitation that was released in early August has been amended to include the following six technical topics from the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) : Technology to develop handheld amplification test for sexually transmitted infections; Technology to develop an ambient temperature specimen transport system; System to concentrate and purify nucleic acids from whole blood; Development of novel genotyping procedures for Mycobacterium tuberculosis; New Laboratory Tests for Tuberculosis and Detection of Drug Resistance; A Delivery System for Patient-Delivered Partner Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Disease Control. This amendment does not affect the proposal receipt date of November 5, 2004.

 


NIH 2005 SBIR Contract Solicitation has been Amended

August 19, 2004

The NIH 2005 SBIR Contract Solicitation that was released in early August has been amended to accept Fast Track applications for the following two National Cancer Institute topics: (1) Topic 211, "Developing Item Response Theory Software for Outcomes and Behavioral Measurement"; and (2) Topic 212, "Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Oncology Practice." This amendment does not affect the proposal receipt date of November 5, 2004.

 


2005 SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 2, 2004

The PHS 2005-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open (Receipt date: November 5, 2004).

 


REMINDER: SBIR/STTR Receipt Date of August 1 falls to August 2 because of the weekend

July 29, 2004

REMINDER: A grant application submitted under the SBIR/STTR Phase I Grant Solicitation will be considered on time if it is received by or mailed on or before the published receipt date and a proof of mailing is provided. If the receipt date falls on a weekend, it will be extended to the following Monday. If the date falls on a holiday, it will be extended to the following workday. The application will be considered on time if it is received by or mailed on or before that day and a proof of mailing is provided.

 


Use of Current PHS 398, 2590 and Related Forms (OMB No. 0925-0001)

June 17, 2004

The PHS 398 Research Grant Application and Related Forms (PHS-398 PHS-2590), OMB No. 0925-0001/ Exp. 5/2004, currently in use remain authorized until further notice in accordance with OMB regulations [5 CFR 1320.10.(e)(2)]. For more information click here http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-044.html.

August 1 Submission Date. The “Weekend Rule” for the August 1 submission date will be in effect -- applications submitted on or before August 2, 2004 will be considered "on time".)

 


All Federal wide Assurances (FWAs) expire 3 years after their approval date

June 14, 2004

All Federal wide Assurances (FWAs) expire 3 years after their approval date. Of course, updates to FWAs should be submitted throughout the 3 years whenever there are changes in the information provided on the approved FWA. To check your FWA expiration date, go to the OHRP website at http://ohrp.cit.nih.gov/search/search.aspx?styp=bsc. If you need to renew your FWA, follow the instructions at http://ohrp.cit.nih.gov/efile/FwaStart.aspx, and fax the completed form to OHRP at (301) 402-0438. Questions? Please see the staff assignments at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/about/staff/index.html or call the staff person toll-free at 866-447-4777.

 


Presentations Available from the 6th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that was held June 23-24, 2004

July 8, 2004

Presentations from the 6th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference that was held June 23-24, 2004, are now available. Click here for viewing.

 


Executive Order 13329 -- Encouraging Innovation in Manufacturing

June 9, 2004

The NIH is interested in developing products and services via the SBIR/STTR program that would improve the health of the American people. In its commitment to also support President Bush's Executive Order 13329 (PDF - 86 KB), encouraging innovation in manufacturing-related research and development, NIH will expand the focus of our SBIR/STTR program to encourage biomedical research related to advanced processing, manufacturing processes, equipment and systems; or manufacturing workforce skills and protection. Additional information will be posted on this website and in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts as it becomes available. Small businesses may be interested in reading a U.S. Department of Commerce 2004 report, "Manufacturing in America: A Comprehensive Strategy to Address the Challenges to U.S. Manufacturers (PDF - 2.1 MB)."

 


Information Regarding the 6th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference is now available

March 18, 2004

General information, the agenda, and registration information for the 6th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbirconf2004/index.htm) have now been posted. The conference is scheduled for June 23-24, 2004, and will be held at Natcher Conference Center on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. Registration is free, but mandatory. New this year is a poster session to help foster collaborations and partnerships. The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is April 19.

 


The NIH Commons -- NIH is Stepping Closer to Its Goal of Fully Electronic Grants Administration

March 17, 2004

We are now inviting ALL institutions to register with the NIH ERA Commons. By joining the Commons, you can create user accounts for your institutions staff and check the status of current grant applications in no time. You can start in immediately with STATUS and the administrative functions, and soon you will be able to use SNAP and X-train, too. To join the NIH Commons now, click here [https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/registration/registrationInstructions.jsp] For other information, go to the Commons home page.

 


Change in 2004 Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts

March 12, 2004

See the NIH Guide announcement for important information on a Change in 2004 Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts.

 


Preparing an Application for the April 1 Submission Date?

March 11, 2004

See the Note from Jo Anne Goodnight (MS Word - 54 KB) to the Small Business Research Community with Important Information on SBIR and STTR Grants. (NOTE: The weekend rule for submission dates will be in effect for AIDS and AIDS-related applications -- applications submitted on or before May 3, 2004 will be considered "on time".)

 


PHS 2004-2 Omnibus Solicitation for Phase I SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and UPDATED Instructions for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grant Applications Now Available

January 9, 2004

The PHS 2004-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC and FDA for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications and UPDATED instructions for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grant Applications are now available [http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol]. Please be sure to read the important "Changes and Reminders". See the 01/06/2004 NIH Guide Notice for more information and SBIR/STTR contacts.

 

 

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2004 NIH SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitation to be Released Early January

December 17, 2003

The "Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant Applications" will be released on or about January 5. Applications will be accepted for receipt on April 1, August 1, and December 1, 2004.

 


REMINDER about the Next Receipt Date for SBIR STTR applications (Dec. 1): Postmark date is acceptable.

November 19, 2003

As a reminder, grant applications submitted in response to the SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitation for the Dec. 1 receipt date will be considered "on time" if received by or mailed on or before the published receipt date and a proof of mailing is provided. Proof of timely mailing consists of one of the following: a legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark or a dated receipt from a commercial carrier or the U.S. Postal Service. Private metered postmarks are not acceptable.

 


NIH Acquisition Opportunities for Small Businesses

November 6, 2003

Are you aware of the acquisition opportunities at the NIH for small businesses? The NIH Small Business Office (SBO) serves as an advocate for small, disadvantaged, woman, veteran, service-disabled veteran and Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB Zone) - owned small business concerns that are interested in competing for NIH contracts. For further information, contact the NIH SBO (http://sbo.od.nih.gov/).

 


Sample SBIR Applications

September 16, 2003

We are truly indebted to Dr. John Trawick and Elitra Pharmaceuticals for permitting us to show his outstanding Phase I (PDF - 601 KB) and Phase II (PDF - 1.1 MB, SBIR applications). Dr. Trawick submitted his Phase I application as a new investigator in December 1999, and his Phase II application in April 2002.

To avoid confusing current applicants, we have updated his original SBIR Phase I form pages onto those of the PHS398 which are required today. We have also made some minor changes in personnel names and deleted confidential salary information. Other than these minor changes, the applications are exactly as submitted.

 


National Survey to Evaluate the NIH SBIR Program

September 15, 2003

The National Survey to Evaluate the NIH SBIR Program report is now available on the new Program Reports page. This page will be used to post SBIR/STTR program evaluations and reports, as they become available.

 


Success Stories wanted!

September 15, 2003

If your firm has been a participant of NIH's SBIR/STTR programs, we would like to hear if you have achieved success in your endeavors. To submit a success story, click here. You may also want to view current SBIR and STTR Success Stories.

 


2004 SBIR Contract Solicitation Now Available

August 1, 2003

The PHS 2004-1 SBIR Contract Solicitation is now open (Receipt date: November 14, 2003).

 


Contracts vs. Grants: What's the difference?

August 1, 2003

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports research using both grants and contracts. About 95% of NIH SBIR awards are made through the grant (assistance) mechanism, and about 5% of NIH SBIR awards are made through the contract (procurement) mechanism. Click Here for more information.

 


Important Information and FAQs Regarding the Upcoming August 1, 2003 Receipt Date

July 21, 2003

A list of Frequently Asked Questions (MS Word - 87 KB) have been developed to assist applicants in submitting SBIR and STTR applications to NIH.

 


Reminder and Clarification - Express Delivery of Grant Applications

July 8, 2003

See April 22, 2003 NIH Guide Announcement for important information on delivery of applications to NIH.

 


5th Annual NIH SBIR STTR Conference (June 2-3, 2003) Presentations Available

June 12, 2003

PowerPoint presentations are now available from the 5th Annual NIH SBIR STTR Conference (June 2-3, 2003).

 


Phase II SBIR/STTR Instructions Available

January 24, 2003

Updated instructions for preparing Phase II SBIR/STTR applications (PDF - 14 KB or MS Word - 25 KB) are now available.

 


Phase I PHS 2003-2 Omnibus Solicitation Available

January 16, 2003

The PHS 2003-2 Omnibus Solicitation posted on the Small Business Funding Opportunities Page for NIH, CDC and FDA SBIR and STTR Phase I Grant Applications is now available. Please read the important changes and reminders at the beginning of the document. The Solicitation is a 2-part document. Part 1 includes Program Information, Grant Application Instructions and Preparation Requirements. Part II includes the NIH, CDC and FDA Program Descriptions and Research Topics. The PHS 2003-2 SBIR/STTR Grant Solicitation includes the specific PHS 398 instructions. (Chapter VI of the PHS 398 will be updated in the near future to coincide with the Solicitation.) Applicants are encouraged to review the sample Modular or non-Modular SBIR/STTR budget pages.

 

 

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