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Small Business Grant Timeline

It takes at least  9 months after submission for a successful application to receive an award. The steps of the application and review process are detailed below to give a sense of what takes place after an application is submitted. Please note that the duration between steps is approximate. Some applications will take longer than others to go through the process.

small business grant timeline

Submission of Application – Applicants submit SBIR/STTR grant applications to NIH electronically through by the submission deadline in the program announcement.

Institute and Review Assignments within NIH – The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) assigns the application to at least one of the Institutes at NIH and to a scientific review group within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.

Scientific Review - The first level of review for NINDS small business applications takes place during the scientific review group meeting, which occurs approximately 3 months after submission. Each scored grant application is assigned a single, global score that reflects the overall impact that the project could have on the field (including commercial potential) and consideration of the five review criteria (significance, investigator(s), innovation, approach, environment). The score should appear in the Commons account within 3 business days after the review. The summary statement of the review should be available within 30 days.

Council Review After scientific review, the applications reviewed internally by NINDS program staff. Those applications that are approved for funding are recommended to the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NANDS) Council. The NANDS council meets approximately 3 months after review and is made up of clinicians, research scientists, and individuals from patient advocacy groups. The recommendations of council are taken into consideration by program staff and the NINDS Director.

Award – Once NINDS program approves an application for funding, the applicant (or applicant institution) is contacted to discuss start data and funding level. NINDS will most likely request information from the applicant, including "Just in Time" information.  Issuing the award is contingent on receipt of this information . When all the requirements have been completed, NINDS will send a Notice of Grant Award, detailing the funding information and the terms and conditions of the award. The absolute earliest award date is 2-3 months after council.

Last updated January 16, 2014