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After You Apply

Learn about the review and award process as well as additional support for awardees.

Explore what
we fund
Explore funding
Talk through your
idea with NIH staff
Find a funding
opportunity of interest
Prepare your
Submit, track, and
view your application
Use eRA commons to
follow application status
Understand the
Review Process
Receive a
Funding Decision
Explore Support
Understand the Review Process

NIH uses a two-level review process.

  1. In the first level, peer review, applications are assigned to study sections where they are evaluated for scientific and technical merit.
  2. In the second level, the funding Institute/Center’s National Advisory Council considers the study section's results and determines the relevance of the applications to the IC's priorities and public health needs. The advisory council makes funding recommendations to the IC director.

If you receive a favorable review outcome, you may be asked to submit additional information using the Just-in-Time (JIT) process in eRA Commons. For more information about what is expected during the JIT process, view this tutorial.

If you don’t receive a favorable review outcome, reach out to your Program Official to discuss the next steps. Consider addressing review feedback and resubmitting your application.


  • Scientific Review Officer (SRO) displayed in eRA Commons (while under peer review) 
  • Program Official (PO) displayed in eRA Commons (after the summary statement is released)
Receive a Funding Decision

If selected for funding, you’ll receive a Notice of Award (NoA). When your company draws down funds, it is considered an acceptance of the award and associated terms and conditions.

Once you've received a notice of award, view the NIH Welcome Wagon letter, which provides information and resources for new grantee organizations on how to manage the award to be a successful steward of federal funds. 

View the NIH Grants Policy Statement for comprehensive information about post-award processes and requirements. For specific questions, consult the appropriate NIH program officer or grants management specialist.

Watch this Funded? Top Tips for Effectively Managing Your SBIR/STTR Award webinar to learn more.


  • Program Official (PO) displayed in eRA Commons (primary contact)
  • Grants Management Officers or Specialists (GMO/GMSs) displayed in eRA Commons (business and administrative matters) 
Explore Support for Awardees

We have a variety of programs and resources that can help you bring your research to patients. Our team can help you maximize benefits from the programs and resources NIH offers.

Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) - the TABA program will help you identify and address your business's most pressing product development needs. ​You may request TABA funding in your application OR apply for the TABA Needs Assessment. 

  • TABA Needs Assessment
  • TABA Funding

Entrepreneurial Education - these programs provide guidance and tools needed to successfully bring your technologies from the lab to the market.  

  • I-Corps 
  • C3i 

Funding and Support for the Business of Science - these resources can provide funding, regulatory guidance, and partnership opportunities. 

  • Commercialization Readiness Pilot 
  • Regulatory & Business Development Consultations
  • Partnering & Investment Opportunities
  • Supplements to Promote Diversity in Small Business Research

It is important to note that participating in TABA does not limit your access to the other resources listed above. 

Stay in Touch!

Whether you have questions about the process along the way or you are now conducting research, stay in touch! We would love to hear of your successes and continue supporting your journey. 

Reach out to us!