NHLBI SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities
The following links provide detailed information on
the different types of funding opportunities for
which small businesses can apply.
Highlighted Funding Opportunities
- NHLBI Phase IIB Bridge Award
Up to $3 million for three years to support the next stage of development for previously funded SBIR Phase II projects. Learn more.
- NHLBI Phase IIB Small Market Award
Up to $1 million per year for three years to support the next stage of development for technologies addressing rare diseases or pediatric populations. Learn more.
- Skip Phase I and apply directly for a Phase II grant
It is now possible to apply directly for a Phase II grant if you already have preliminary data equivalent to what would normally be done in a Phase I award. Learn more about the Direct to Phase II funding opportunity.
- Phase II Awardees – Apply for the Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program
The CRP program aims to facilitate the transition of previously funded SBIR/STTR Phase II projects to the commercialization stage by providing support for technical assistance not typically supported through Phase II grants or contracts.
NHLBI participates in PAR-16-026 SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) Program: Technical Assistance (SB1) for awards up to $50,000 based on NHLBI Phase II awards. Read NOT-HL-15-283 about NHLBI participation. Learn more about the Commercialization Readiness Pilot (CRP) funding opportunity.
General SBIR/STTR Funding Information
The NHLBI provides numerous funding
opportunities for small business concerns (SBCs), using grant and contract mechanisms,
and supporting targeted research areas and
The SBIR/STTR program is structured in three
phases. The main objective in Phase I is for SBCs to
establish the technical merit and feasibility of the
proposed research and development (R&D) efforts,
while in Phase II it is to continue the R&D efforts
initiated in Phase I. The objective of Phase III is
for the SBC to pursue with non-SBIR
funds the commercialization of the product or
service developed during its Phase II activities.
The STTR program requires a partnership between
the small business and a non-profit US research
institution. The small business must perform at
least 40% of the work, and the research institution
must perform at least 30%.
Basic information on each of the phases is described below. For more information, see
About the Programs:
- Phase I: Funding for proof-of-concept or feasibility studies. Generally, up to $225,000 for six months (SBIR) to one year (STTR).
- Phase II: Funding for continued R&D effort: Generally, up to $1,500,000 for two years.
- SBIR Phase IIB: The NHLBI does not participate in the Phase IIB program through the NIH Omnibus Grant Solicitation. The NHLBI offers Phase IIB funding through two targeted funding opportunities: The Bridge Awards and the Small Market Awards.
How to Apply
To learn more about applying for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), necessary forms, important deadlines, a general timeline, and guidelines for tracking your application through the process, click here.
Last Updated July 2016