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About the NHLBI SBIR/STTR Program 

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are engines of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to promote the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and disorders. The NHLBI provides grant and contract funding opportunities to support small businesses performing research and development on technologies related to the mission of NHLBI.

The links on the left will assist you in finding funding opportunities, resources, and help related to the NHLBI SBIR/STTR program.

Important information about budgets: It is possible to submit well-justified budgets exceeding the normal guidelines if the application fits within specified topic areas. See Appendix A of the Program Descriptions and Research Topics document for a list of topics.

What's New?

SBIR Phase IIB Awards (Bridge and Small Market): The next receipt date for the NHLBI Phase IIB programs is rapidly approaching. Applications are due June 19, 2014. Learn more about the Small Market Awards for technologies focused on rare diseases or pediatric indications and the Bridge Awards for other technologies requiring FDA approval.

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.

Conquering the Regulatory Basics (Navigating the FDA): Learn how to navigate the FDA with the first episode in a series of Google+ Hangouts addressing regulatory issues with Dr. Chris Sasiela.

Twitter@NHLBI_SBIR The NHLBI has launched a new Twitter account dedicated to small business. We will be posting about SBIR/STTR funding opportunities and NIH and NHLBI resources available to small businesses, but we will also address intellectual property, regulatory and reimbursement issues, biomedical technology development, early stage financing, and other topics relevant to the small business community and related stakeholders. Follow us @NHLBI_SBIR!

SBIR/STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations Published: The 2014 NIH SBIR and STTR Omnibus Grant Solicitations have been published. There are many important changes this year, so please read the solicitations carefully. Be sure to check out the NHLBI's Unmet Needs of Particular Interest.

Regulatory Affairs Assistance: Not sure how to make contact with the FDA? Confused about which Center or Division is most likely to review your application? What other regulatory bodies may impact your research? The newest member of OTAC, Christy Sasiela, Ph.D., RAC, can assist you with these and many more topics. Contact her at with your questions.

New Final Progress Report Instructions: The NIH has released new instructions PDF Icon (83 KB) for preparing your SBIR/STTR Final Progress Reports. View the instructions PDF Icon (83 KB) and the Guide Notice.

Intellectual Property Assessment Tool for the USPTO: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has unveiled an Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool, a web-based tool designed to assess intellectual property (IP) knowledge and provide personalized training resources for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and inventors. If you'd care to test and/or increase your IP awareness, check out the Intellectual Property Assessment Tool.image of external link icon You can find other resources to help your small business on our Resources page.

Commercialize NIH Technologies: The NHLBI is seeking SBIR applications for projects to transfer technologies out of the NHLBI intramural research labs into the private sector that address mechanisms, diseases, or disorders within the NHLBI mission. Read more.

Archives of What's New

Last Updated April 2014

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. Learn more.

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. Learn more.

SBIR-TT Program

Looking for high-quality technologies? Get funded to develop NHLBI intramural innovations. Learn more.

Unmet Needs of Particular Interest

View a list of potential SBIR/STTR research topics of particular interest to the NHLBI. Learn more.

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