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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Contracts

While most awards are in the form of grants, roughly 5-10% of NIH and CDC SBIR awards are made through contract procurement. There are three key things to remember when applying to a contract solicitation:
 
  • The NIH STTR program does not currently utilize the contract mechanism.
  • Contract proposals must respond to a specific topic.
  • Only select Institutes and Centers participate in the contract mechanism.

How Do I Apply?

NIH SBIR contract funding opportunities reflect specific need areas (referred to as Contract Topics). These topics are identified by NIH Institute or Center (IC) staff. To submit a contract proposal, your small business must respond to one of these topics.

The contract application process differs from the grants application process because:

  • A proposal in response to the Contract Topic requires its own separate proposal to the IC that created it; grant funding announcements allow for a response to multiple IC-identified priorities (or even one not specifically named) in one application.
  • Contract proposals must be submitted through the electronic Contract Proposal Submission (eCPS), a component of NIH’s integrated, secure system for the electronic submission, capture, tracking, and review of contract proposals.

As in the case of grants, contracts allow for a Phase I, Fast Track, and Direct to Phase II proposals (as allowed by the topic). When Fast Track proposals are accepted, both a complete Phase I proposal and a separate, complete Phase II proposal must be submitted; the Phase I proposal and Phase II proposal will be evaluated and scored individually.

View Solicitations

Active Contract Topics Submission Portal Amendment

PHS-2023-1

Closing Date: Nov 04, 2022, at 05:00 pm EDT

Electronic Contract Proposal Submission  

NCI SBIR Innovative Concept Award Program

Closing Date: August 22, 2022, at 05:00 pm EDT

Electronic Contract Proposal Submission