Small Business Application Process and Resources
This page features resources to help small businesses apply for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding.
SBIR/STTR Application Basics
- Omnibus Solicitation and other grant opportunities follow the NIH Standard Receipt Dates for SBIR and STTR (September 5, January 5, April 5)
- SF424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide for NIH and Other PHS Agencies (Forms H)
- Annotated Form Set for NIH Small Business (SBIR/STTR) Grant Applications (Forms G)
- Using NIH ASSIST to help submit your grant application
- Talk to our program directors before you start your preparation!
Who is Eligible for SBIR/STTR Funding?
The NCI's SBIR/STTR funding is for small businesses based in the United States. Companies must meet eligibility criteria.
- Status: Applicant must be a for-profit US small business.
- Location: Applicant must be based in the US, with work performed in the US.
- Size: Applicant must have 500 or fewer employees, including affiliates.
- Ownership: >50% owned by U.S. individuals and independently operated OR
- >50% owned and controlled by another (one) business concern that is >50% owned and controlled by one or more individuals OR
- >50% owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, or any combination of these (SBIR only)
SBIR/STTR Sample Applications
- Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, Ph.D., of ISPIN, Inc., "A novel combinatorial approach for treating HPV-associated malignancies"
- R43 (Forms-D) Full Application
- Alexander Krupnick, M.D., of Courier Therapeutics, Inc., "Novel Immuno-oncology Strategy for Targeted Cytotoxic Lymphocyte Activation"
- R41 (Forms-D) Full Application
NIH Funding Processes
- NIH SBIR/STTR Application Processes—Learn about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR funding application processes.
- NIH Grant Processes—Learn about the steps required for an application to proceed from planning and submission through to award and closeout.
- NIH SBIR/STTR Just-in-Time Procedures—The Just-in-Time feature of the eRA Commons allows a signing official to electronically submit additional grant application information that is requested by the grantor agency after the completion of the peer review and prior to funding.
- NIH ASSIST—The Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) system is used to prepare and submit grant applications electronically to NIH.
- NCI Resources for Researchers—Find NCI-supported tools and services for cancer researchers.
- NIH Matchmaker—Use this site to conduct keyword searches on particular topic areas to identify NIH Institutes and Centers that have previously funded research in that area.
- NIH RePORTER—Find previously funded projects through this site.