SBIR/STTR News Flash Page
April 16, 2014
Meet SBIR Program Officers from all 11 SBIR Agencies at the #NatlSBIR Conference!
The Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference will 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!
- 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 today!
The Gaylord Hotel is also offering discounted room rates for 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 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, 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;
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 the University of New Mexico Health Science Center (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 email@example.com.
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:
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 any targeted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 homepage for 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).
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
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 at FedBizOpps, 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
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 the NIH 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 on Monday, 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
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:
- Log into your personal twitter account and twitter chat tool (such as Tweetchat) during the designated time.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
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 in Section 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., at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 at https://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:
- needs and concerns of end-users;
- competing technologies and competing products;
- competitive advantage of the SBIR/STTR-developed technology;
- market size and potential market share (may include national and/or global markets;
- barriers to market entry (may include but is not limited to pricing, competition, government regulations, manufacturing challenges, capital requirements, etc.);
- market drivers;
- status of market and industry trends;
- potential customers, licensees, investors, or other commercialization partners; and,
- 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
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
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Kruchinin, Ph.D. at NIAID, NIH at email@example.com.
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:
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).
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’s National 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Marie C. Johns
U.S. Small Business Administration
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.
This is the only NIH Regional seminar this year...Be a part of it!
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’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/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.
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 at http://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.
NCI Resource Available for Companies Developing In Vitro Diagnostic Tests For Cancer
October 29, 2012
The 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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