Important Due Date Changes to SBIR/STTR Grants

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The National Institutes of Health is changing its Standard Due Dates for SBIR/STTR Omnibus grant applications in an effort to respond to the needs of the small business community. This change will allow the NIH and NCI SBIR to accelerate the process of informing SBIR/STTR grant applicants of their application status and awarded applicants will receive awards sooner. It will also help improve the applicant experience and drive innovative technology from research to market faster and more efficiently.

The change affects all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) using Standard Due Dates.

What does this change mean?

The change will transition into the business processes for each Center over the next two years. The most immediate and noticeable change is that the 2014 Omnibus Solicitation was extended for SBIR and STTR Program applicants to allow small businesses to submit applications on April 6, 2015. There will not be August 5 and December 5, 2015 due dates. The next set of SBIR/STTR due dates will fall on September 5, 2015; January 5, 2016; and April 5, 2016. See details in the NIH Guide.

Please keep these new 2015 deadlines in mind. We encourage you to apply by April 6, 2015 and to contact a program director if you are interested in discussing a project idea.

NIH Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR & STTR Extended:

The NIH has extended the 2014 Omnibus Solicitation to enable applicants to apply for grant funding on April 6, 2015.

STTR Funding Opportunity Changes: PA-14-072, PHS 2014-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42])

  • Since the next SBIR Standard Due Date, April 5, 2015, falls on a Sunday, this due date moves to Monday, April 6, 2015 by 5 PM local time of the small business applicant.
  • All other aspects of this FOA remain the same.

If you have additional questions on these standard due date changes, please contact:

NIH SBIR/STTR Program Office
Telephone: 301-435-2688

Standard Due Dates At-A-Glance

There will not be an August 5, 2015 due date. The next Standard Due Date after April 5, 2015 is September 5, 2015.

NIH will adjust its timing of the issuance of its next and future Omnibus SBIR and STTR grant solicitations from the January timeframe to the June timeframe to accommodate the new Cycle I due date of September 5.

All other aspects of all SBIR/STTR FOAs remain the same. For more information, please see NOT-OD-15-038.

Due Date Type of Due Date
April 5, 2015 Standard Due Date
Since April 5, 2015 is on a Sunday, the Due Date will be Monday, April 6, 2015, per guidance in the SF424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide 
The current SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations PA-14-071 ( and PA-14-072 ( have been extended by one cycle to accommodate the transition period
 September 5, 2015  New Standard Due Date
No August 5, 2015 Standard Due Date

Since September 5, 2015 is on a Saturday and September 7, 2015 is a Federal holiday, the Due Date will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015, per guidance in the SF424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide

January 5, 2016 New Standard Due Date
April 5, 2016 New Standard Due Date
 September 5, January 5, April 5  2016, 2017, and in the future

New Late Submission Policy as of January 25, 2015

There is now a two week window of consideration after the application due date for all grant opportunities, during which time NIH might consider accepting a late application. Please review NOT-OD-15-039 to learn more and for examples of reasons that late applications may be accepted. This late submission policy will be effective for all applications submitted on or after January 25th, 2015.

The SBIR & STTR Programs are NCI’s engine of innovation for developing and commercializing novel technologies and products to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. The SBIR & STTR Programs are government set-aside programs for domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit.

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