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

Funding Opportunities Announcements

Having a working knowledge of the different types of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), SBIR and STTR application types, and the basics of how the NIH grant numbering system is structured, will help improve communication between you and NIH and make the application process easier.

A funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is a publicly available document by which a federal agency makes known its intentions to award discretionary grants or cooperative agreements, usually as a result of competition for funds. Funding opportunity announcements may be known as program announcements, requests for applications, requests for proposals, solicitations, or other names depending on the agency and type of program. To read more about the different types of FOAs and what they mean, click here.

The NIH SBIR and STTR programs commonly use parent funding opportunity announcements (PAs), also known as Omnibus solicitations, which allow applicants to submit an investigator-initiated project for consideration by any of the NIH 24 Institutes and Centers (ICs), the CDC, and the FDA.

The NIH SBIR and STTR programs also issue targeted/special funding opportunity announcements. These FOAs are periodically issued by one or more Institutes and Centers (ICs) and focus on specific areas of science that are priorities of the issuing Institutes or Centers. Special nuances and/or requirements (i.e., amount of funds that may be requested) may be imposed under these announcements. View all of the HHS SBIR/STTR FOAs on our Funding page

NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, a weekly electronic publication, contains announcements about funding opportunities, and vital information about policies and procedures. To subscribe, click here.