Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program
The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program is a highly competitive federal program mandated by the Congress as a part of the Small Business Development Act. Each year designated federal departments and agencies award a reserved portion of their research and development funds to small businesses and to partnerships between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions to bring innovative technologies to market.
The NIMHD SBIR/STTR Programs give high priority to research activities designed to empower health disparity communities to achieve health equity through health education, disease prevention, and partnering in community based, problem driven research.
The SBIR/STTR Programs award funding to small businesses in three phases.
- Phase I funding establishes the technical/scientific merit and feasibility of proposed research and development efforts. Phase I awards normally may not exceed $150,000.
- Phase II awards continue the research and development efforts initiated in Phase I with an increased focus on the commercial potential of the project. Funding is contingent upon the results of Phase I and normally may not exceed a total of $1,000,000.
- With appropriate justification from the applicant, award amounts may exceed the normal limit by up to 50% ($225,000 for Phase I and $1,500,000 for Phase II). This upper limit may be exceeded when the project is focused on a specific topic from the list that is available here. However, these funding exceptions are rare and applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIH program officials prior to submitting any application that exceeds the $225,000 or $1,500,000 limit.
- During Phases I and II, SBIR/STTR funds support the grantees research and development efforts. During Phase III, the grantee secures non-SBIR/STTR funds to bring innovative technologies to the commercial market.
For more information on the SBIR/STTR Program visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm
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