FAQs on SBIR/STTR Proposal Submission
FAQ: Do I need to choose an NIH Institute or Center for my SBIR/STTR proposal?
Answer: No. The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Receipt and Referral Office makes the assignment. You may, however, request a specific institute or center using the Assignment Request Form in the SF424 forms.
FAQ: How long after the due date would my project funding start if my proposal is funded?
Answer: Around 6 months after the due date.
FAQ: Can I correct errors in my proposal after it is submitted, but before it is reviewed?
Answer: No. Your proposal should be error-free by the due date at 5 pm.
SBIR/STTR FAQs View answers to these and many other FAQs on NIH SBIR/STTR proposals.
Proposal Application Resources
For Grant Application Forms:
- Instructions: Follow the Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications (SF 424 (R&R) except when there is a specific instruction to do otherwise in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or program-specific instructions in section IV.
For Grant and Contract Submission:
- Successfully Submitting a Small Business Grant Application to NIH – Describes an overview of the whole process and steps involved. 2015.
- Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS) – For contracts
NIH: Grants are submitted via ASSIST or Grants.gov. All documents uploaded for submission must be converted to PDF format. Use Login.gov to log in, which requires 2 step verification. This log-in method was phased in during 2021.
All documents uploaded for submission must be converted to PDF format. You will also need a compatible version of Adobe Reader.
- Refer to the annotated form set for SBIR/STTR to understand what is being asked for in each field and what is required vs. optional information.
- Use meaningful filenames for the documents you upload.
- Follow rules, such as page limits, rules for text fields, no headers or footers.
NIH SBIR/STTR Grants: Standard receipt dates for NIH Phase I/Phase II proposals are Jan 5, April 5, and Sept 5. If the receipt date is on a holiday, it is delayed until the next working day. View NIH’s “How to Apply.”
NSF SBIR Grants:
Full Phase I Proposal submission windows in 2021: Feb 12-March 4, March 5-June 3, June 4-Septemeber 2, September 3-December 2. View NSF’s How to apply for a description of the steps to complete.
NSF SBIR Phase II proposals can be submitted 6 months to 2 years after the Phase I award date. Only investigators with NSF SBIR Phase I awards can apply.
The deadline time is 5 pm Eastern time on the deadline date. Submit a few days early so that you have time to address all problems, warnings, or errors.