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Small Business Program Frequently Asked Questions


 General:

 Is NINDS interested in my project or area of research?

NINDS is interested in small business applications that fall within the mission of the institute. While NINDS has specific funding opportunities, found on the NINDS Small Business Funding Opportunities page, many of our applications are investigator initiated and come in through the general omnibus solicitation. Please contact program staff if you have questions about which institute(s) would be the best fit for your project.

 Which program has a better success rate SBIR or STTR?

The success rates of both the SBIR and STTR programs depend on the budget and the number of applications and can fluctuate from year to year. While the STTR budget is significantly smaller, historically the program gets far fewer applications. Applicants are encourage to read about both programs and pick the one that best fits their project.

 Can my NINDS SBIR/STTR application include a clinical trial?

NINDS accepts SBIR and STTR clinical trial application through specific opportunities found on the NINDS Small Business Funding Opportunities page. Applications containing clinical trials are no longer accepted through the general omnibus solicitations. In addition, NINDS now requires authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use an investigation drug, biologic product or device in a clinical trial prior to the submission of an application. Please see notice NOT-NS-11-018 for more information. 

 Can I submit a Phase II Competing Renewal Award?

NINDS accepts Phase IIB SBIR/STTR Competing Renewal applications through specific opportunities, found on the NINDS Small Business Funding Opportunities page. Phase IIB applications are no longer accepted through the general omnibus solicitations.

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 Budget:

  Can I apply for more than the budget and duration limits stated in the Omnibus?

Please see our budget information.

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 Intellectual Property:

  Do I own the intellectual property from my STTR/SBIR award?

In general, grantees own the rights to data and inventions resulting from any grant-supported project. NIH may use march-in rights only if an awardee fails to achieve practical application of an invention. However, NIH has never exercised this right because of the lengthy administrative process.

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Award:

 NINDS staff has indicated that my grant is likely to be funded, why haven't I received my award?

Check with your grants management specialist to determine if they are waiting on a specific piece of information. NINDS will not release the Notice of Grant Award (NGA) until all requested documentation has been received and all requirements completed. Please see the Award Information page for more details.

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Further questions? Please contact Stephanie Fertig, MBA or Rebecca Roof, PhD

Last updated March 25, 2014