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
- 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 this new opportunity.
- NHLBI 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.
- NHLBI Bridge Award
Up to $1 million per year for three years to support the next stage of development for previously funded SBIR Phase II projects.
- Commercialize NIH Technologies through the SBIR-TT Program
Get funded to develop NHLBI intramural innovations! The NHLBI is seeking small business applications to transfer technologies out of NHLBI intramural research labs into the private sector. Projects should address mechanisms, diseases, or disorders within the
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 is no longer participating in the Phase IIB program through the NIH Omnibus Grant Solicitation. The NHLBI
offers Phase IIB funding through two RFAs: 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 October 2014