Solicitation Announcement

2015 HHS (NIH) SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grants Solicitation Released

These solicitations will be used by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Note STTR is only available at NIH.

You can read more in NOT-OD-15-101

The HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations permit researcher-initiated topics to be submitted for funding consideration as long as they fall within the mission of HHS. The 2015 Program Descriptions and Research Topics document explains priority research areas for the agencies, and Appendix A includes the list of SBA approved topics for budgets that exceed the hard caps.

As is our usual recommendation to ALL SBIR/STTR-interested clients: You should speak directly with the appropriate HHS SBIR/STTR Program Manager with specific ideas you might have to gauge their interest in your proposed solution.  

The 2015 SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations and accompanying resources can be found st the following links:


  • September 5, 2015 (*This falls on a Saturday, so check the website to see if deadline will be Friday the 4th or Monday the 7th);
  • January 5, 2016, Tuesday; and,
  • April 5, 2016, Tuesday

***Please note that HHS recently changed the Standard Due Dates for ALL HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications. This change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates, including these Omnibus FOAs. Applications for Request for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs, PARs, PASs) with special receipt dates continue to be due on the specified dates listed in the FOA. 

Additionally effective September 5, 2015, HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications will no longer be accepted on AIDS and AIDS-related Due Dates (May 7, September 7, and January 7), as two of the three new standard due dates are 2 days prior to the current AIDS due dates.  Accordingly, any AIDS or AIDS-related HHS SBIR/STTR grant applications must also follow the new Standard Due Dates. Please see NOT-OD-15-038

Other Important Information to Note:


  • This opportunity will not accept “Direct Phase II” SBIR submissions. This option is ONLY available in specific FOAs posted at the NIH Special Announcements for Small Business Research Opportunities website.
  • The following NIH Institutes/Centers will NOT accept applications proposing a clinical trial through this FOA:
    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
    • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (NIAMS)
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

If your proposed work includes a clinical trial (as defined by the NIH) that would be assigned to one of these NIH Institutes/Centers, you should contact relevant program staff to discuss alternatives for support of those studies.

You can find the HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitations, and all of their other SBIR/STTR FOAs on the Funding page. Be sure to also check the targeted funding announcements page. NIH Institutes and Centers will issue targeted SBIR/STTR grant solicitations around specific, high-priority research areas.

For any general questions, please email the HHS SBIR/STTR Program Office at