NCI SBIR Diversity Supplement
Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR
This administrative supplement opportunity is designed to provide support for research and entrepreneurial experiences for individuals from the identified groups throughout the continuum from undergraduate to the faculty level. Small businesses with active SBIR and STTR award can apply for additional funding to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research or in the SBIR program.
This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.
Application budgets are limited to no more than the amount of the current parent award, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Direct costs for individual administrative supplements vary from less than $5,000 to more than $100,000 depending on the career level of the candidate.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved waiver to allow businesses to exceed the overall budget caps on their award for particular topic areas. The current list of approved topics can be found here. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIH program officials prior to submitting any application.
The funding mechanism being used to support this program, administrative supplements, can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with achieving certain new research objectives, as long as the research objectives are within the original scope of the peer reviewed and approved project, or the cost increases are for unanticipated expenses within the original scope of the project. Any cost increases need to result from making modifications to the project that would increase or preserve the overall impact of the project consistent with its originally approved objectives and purposes.