The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are congressionally-mandated set-aside programs to encourage research and development that has a strong potential for technology commercialization. These programs were developed to meet the following objectives:
- Stimulate technological innovation;
- Meet federal research and development needs;
- Increase private sector commercialization of innovations developed through federal R&D funding; and
- Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small businesses.
The Small Business Programs at the NIBIB are used to achieve the mission of the Institute by supporting innovative technologies through various stages of commercial researach and development. The NIBIB welcomes SBIR and STTR applications from small businesses proposing ideas relevant to its scientific prgram areas, which can be found at http://www.nibib.nih.gov/research-funding. Please contact program staff if you have questions about which Institute(s) would be the best fit for your project.
Both the SBIR and STTR programs are divided into three phases listed below:
Phase I: Feasibility and Proof of Concept The objective of Phase I is to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed R/R&D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further federal support in Phase II. Phase I awards normally do not exceed $150,000 total costs for 6 months (SBIR) or 1 year (STTR).
Phase II: Research/Research and Development The objective of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding is based on the results achieved in Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the project proposed in Phase II. Only Phase I awardees are eligible for a Phase II award. SBIR/STTR Phase II awards normally do not exceed $1,000,000 total costs for 2 years.
Phase III: Commercialization The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The NIH SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III, and NIH does not generally provide any Phase III funding to small businesses.
Current NIH SBIR and STTR funding opportunity announcments can be found at https://sbir.nih.gov/funding. Current NIBIB SBIR and STTR funding opportunity announcments can be found at https://www.nibib.nih.gov/research-funding/funding-opportunities by checking the Small Business filter.
Additional support is available through entrepreneurial training and commercialization assistance resources. Please refer to the programs below for further details and contact program staff with any questions.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIBIB staff before submitting an SBIR or STTR application.