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Prepare Your Application

Ready to apply to an SBIR or STTR funding opportunity? Find guidance, resources for first-time applicants, and all the necessary forms in one convenient location. 

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. 

ASSIST is our recommended submission system and is used by most HHS small business applicants (~75%). We also accept applications submitted using Grants.gov Workspace or a system-to-system solution (see Submission Options). Application forms are only accessible through an online submission system (i.e., no option to download the forms, prepare them offline and send to NIH).

Prepare your application using the following guidance

  • How to Apply – Application Guide page (including SBIR/STTR Instructions)
  • Funding opportunity instructions
    • Section IV. Application and Submission Information contains opportunity-specific guidance not contained in the application guide
    • Funding opportunity instructions win over application guide instructions
  • Related notices in the NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts
    • Notice instructions win over instructions in both the application guide and funding opportunity 

Contact

  • The Agency Contact section of each funding opportunity includes support desk, scientific, grants management and peer review contacts. 

Resources

Applicant Assistance Program

Are you a first time applicant? Learn about the Applicant Assistance Program, a 10 week coaching and customized program designed to help first time applicants. The program is free to participants.  

Sample Applications

Aging (NIA) Sample Applications

Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Sample Applications

Cancer (NCI) Sample Applications