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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will you fund my project? Does my project fit within the NHLBI mission? Can you provide advice on my project?

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 via email. Generally, the abstract and specific aims are sufficient.

How do I apply to the NIH Small Business Program?

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, click here.

What do I need to submit an application?

The SF424 SBIR/STTR (R&R) Application Guide, located here, contains registration and application instructions. We strongly recommend that you use the SBIR/STTR Annotated Form Set, found here, to guide you step-by-step through the submission process.

What should I do if I have problems submitting my application electronically?

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. Please note: they are closed on federal holidays.

Please contact the eRA Commons helpdesk if you have problems with any of the registration steps. Once again, please document your issues with case/ incident numbers.

eRA Commons helpdesk information:
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. Find more information here.

What happens if my application is submitted after the deadline?

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-10-115.

What if I have questions about SBIR / STTR Grants Policies?

There are many resources regarding the SBIR/STTR programs here.

Where can I find more information about policy, eligibility, and application submission for the NIH Small Business Program?

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.

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Last Updated September 2014

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