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NIH advertises funding opportunities through the posting of grant solicitations or funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Applicants can choose to submit to an omnibus or specific solicitation.
Researcher-initiated ideas are proposed via the SBIR and STTR omnibus grant solicitations which have three standard application cycles per year. These FOAs are not for a specific topic, though they link to identified topics of interest for each participating Institute/Center (IC), also known as awarding components. Most small business applications to NIH are submitted to omnibus solicitations. Below are the standard submission dates and review process timeline to award:
Some SBIR and STTR grant solicitations are focused on specific research areas. Some specific FOAs, identified as RFAs (Requests for Applications) or PASs (Program Announcements with Set-aside funds), have funding set aside in the Institute/Center’s budget for that specific program.
- The Agency Contact section of each funding opportunity includes scientific/research contacts that can help determine if a specific opportunity is an appropriate fit for your application.
- Institute/Center Program Officials can offer advice on types of opportunities to consider.
Once you’ve identified an opportunity of interest, you can access the application forms and begin preparing your application using ASSIST - NIH’s online application preparation and submission system. eRA Commons credentials are required to use ASSIST.
Prepare your application following guidance in the How to Apply – Application Guide (including SBIR/STTR Instructions), instructions in the funding opportunity, and any related notices in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts.
- The Agency Contact section of each funding opportunity includes support desk, scientific, grants management, and peer review contacts.
To ensure a successful submission, you must
- submit your application,
- track it to ensure no errors were flagged during processing, and
- view the assembled application in eRA Commons.
If you can’t view it, we can’t review it!
- The eRA Service Desk can help you with the logistics of submitting your application and navigating through the systems involved (ASSIST, Grants.gov, and eRA Commons).
eRA Commons is the NIH-managed system that allows applicants, recipients, and HHS staff to securely access and share information. You’ll find your submitted applications, review and Institute/Center assignments, review outcomes and more.
If awarded, you’ll continue to use eRA Commons for reporting and other grant administration activities.