Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will you fund my project? Does my project fit within the NHLBI mission? Can you provide advice on my project?
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You can contact the NHLBI Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) for assistance in determining if your application is appropriate for the NHLBI, questions regarding the application process, or clarification on SBIR/STTR policy. If you want advice on a proposed project and whether or not it fits into the NHLBI mission, please submit a ONE-PAGE summary of your project through the

NHLBI Small Biz Inquiry Form

Generally, the abstract and specific aims are sufficient.

How do I apply to the NIH Small Business Program?
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To learn more about applying for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including what forms are necessary, important deadlines, a general timeline, and guidelines for tracking your application through the process, please visit SBIR/STTR Apply.

What do I need to submit an application?
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The SF424 SBIR/STTR (R&R) Application Guide, contains registration and application instructions. We strongly recommend that you use the Annotated SF424 (R&R) SBIR/STTR Form Set (FORMS-D), to guide you step-by-step through the submission process.

What should I do if I have problems submitting my application electronically?
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If you have questions about submitting your grant electronically, please contact at 1-800-518-4726 or Be sure to document your issues with case/incident numbers.

If you have problems with any of the registration steps, please contact the NIH eRA Service Desk and document your issues with case/incident numbers.

For additional assistance, please visit NIH eRA Service Desk

Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552; Phone: 301-402-7469; TTY: 301-451-5939
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, except for federal holidays

What happens if my application is submitted after the deadline?
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Please note: Beginning on January 25, 2011, all applications submitted after 5 p.m. local time of the applicant organization on the due date will be subject to the NIH late policy and may not be accepted for review (NOT-OD-10-123). In addition, any post-submission application materials will be subject to the new policy detailed in the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-16-130.

What if I have questions about SBIR/STTR Grants Policies?
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There are many resources regarding the SBIR/STTR programs, please visit SBIR/STTR Policy

Where can I find more information about policy, eligibility, and application submission for the NIH Small Business Program?
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NIH has a comprehensive FAQ with answers to SBIR/STTR policy, eligibility, and application questions. It includes answers to common questions about eligibility, budgets, foreign involvement, application scoring, and human and animal research, among other topics.

Still can't find what you're looking for?

For questions or to schedule a time to speak with our staff members, please contact us through the

NHLBI Small Biz Inquiry Form

We do our best to respond to inquiries quickly and to connect you to the right team member.

In the Inquiry Form, please indicate whether you are contacting us about a new or existing application, award, or other support resources, and then choose the primary reason for your inquiry.

For slide requests from a recent NHLBI Small Business presentation, choose Resources Inquiry and Educational Resources.

If you are trying to reach a specific team member, mention that person in the Subject line:

  • NHLBI Small Business Program: Mike Pieck
  • Regulatory Affairs: Chris Sasiela
  • Business Development: Gary Robinson

We welcome feedback and suggestions about how we can work with you better.

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