Solicitation Announcement

HHS (NIH) Changes Standard Due Dates for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications

The purpose of this Notice is to inform the small business community that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is changing the Standard Due Dates for all SBIR/STTR grant applications.

Section 5126 of the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011 P.L. 112-81, signed on 12/31/2011, indicates that agencies “are encouraged to develop programs or measures to reduce the time periods between the close of an SBIR/STTR solicitation … and issuance of the Phase I and Phase II awards”. Additionally, the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB) developed recommendations for how NIH can optimize its utilization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in ways that advance the NIH mission. Their final report, issued August 2013, made several recommendations; one of which was to “decrease delays between submission of the application and the disbursal of funds.”

In an effort to be responsive to the needs of the small business community, congressional mandates, and SMRB recommendations, HHS is changing its Standard Due Dates for SBIR/STTR grant applications and making other internal changes to allow the agency to inform SBIR/STTR grant applicants of the disposition of their applications sooner and to make funding recommendations and awards sooner on average. This change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates. 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.

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Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office
Telephone: 301-435-2688
Fax: 301-480-0146

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