Applicants must follow the language and guidelines (including budget) in the specific program announcement to which they applied. Certain Program Announcements may have more limited budget guidelines than listed below. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff with any budget questions prior to submitting an application.
For budgetary, administrative, or programmatic reasons, NINDS may decrease the length of an award and/or the budget recommended by a review committee, or not fund an application. According to statutory guidelines, total funding support (direct costs, indirect costs, fee) normally may not exceed $150,000 for Phase I awards and $1,000,000 for Phase II awards. With appropriate justification from the applicant, Congress will allow awards to exceed these amounts by up to 50%. Applicants considering a requested budget greater than $225,000 for Phase I and $1,500,000 for Phase II (total funding support) are strongly encouraged to contact NINDS SBIR/STTR program staff before submitting an application.
NIH has received a waiver from SBA to exceed the hard cap for specific topics. A list of the NINDS topics is shown below. Generally, NINDS does not fund Phase I applications greater than $700,000 total funding support, with no more than $500,000 total cost in any year or project periods greater than 2 years. In addition, the NINDS does not generally fund Phase II applications greater than $3,000,000 total funding support, with no more than $1,500,000 total cost in any year, or project periods greater than 3 years. Again, applicants considering a requested budget greater than these limits are strongly encouraged to contact program staff before submitting an application. However, NINDS does not provide prior approval of a waiver to applicants.
The following research may require additional funds above the hard budget caps:
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. NIH is one of several federal agencies involved in the BRAIN Initiative. Planning for the NIH component of the BRAIN Initiative is guided by the long-term scientific plan, “BRAIN 2025: A Scientific Vision,” which details seven high-priority research areas. This report, as well as a list of the specific BRAIN Initiative funding opportunities, can be found here.
Based on priority areas identified by the BRAIN 2025, technology areas were identified to be appropriate for commercial development and may require additional funds above the hard budget caps: