NIH: 5-step Registration Process to Ensure Timely Submission

Courtesy of NIH SBIR/STTR Program

The next HHS/NIH SBIR/STTR application deadline is less than two months away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5 pm local time. (Note that since September 5th falls on a weekend, and Monday, September 7th is a federal holiday, the deadline has been pushed back until Tuesday, September 8th). 

There is no longer an August 5, 2015 standard receipt date. The standard due dates now fall on September 5, January 5, and April 5. If these happen to fall on weekends or federal holiday days, the deadline is moved to the next business day. The standard due dates apply to all SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that use the Standard Due Dates – not only the SBIR/STTR Omnibus solicitations. Please see details in the NOT-OD-15-038.

Review these helpful tips and reminders to ensure timely and error free application submission.

Make sure you’re registered! The 5-step registration process may take 6 – 8 weeks, so it is important to start now. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Learn more about the five required registrations, and review the Electronic Submission presentation located on the Resources page. Small businesses can submit their application through one month before the standard due date.

Find the SBIR/STTR solicitations. The SBIR & STTR Omnibus solicitations are intended to support small business investigator-initiated research ideas across a broad spectrum of topic areas. The targeted SBIR/STTR solicitations are more focused around specific research areas, and the Direct Phase II solicitations allow small businesses to bypass applying for a Phase I award if they already have completed the Phase I stage research.  Find the SBIR (PA-15-269) and STTR (PA-15-270) Omnibus Solicitations and the other SBIR/STTR solicitations in the Funding table.

Be sure to use the Annotated SF424 SBIR/STTR Form Set in conjunction with the SF424 R&R SBIR/STTR Application Guide(FORMS-C) to guide you step-by-step through the application process. Applicants also find the Top 5 Most Common eRA Commons Errors and the SBIR Sample Application from NIAID very helpful. All resources can be found on our Resources page.

Remember – we encourage all applicants to speak with the appropriate NIH Institute or Center (IC) program SBIR/STTR program manager before submitting an application. If you are wondering who to contact for specific questions, please email us at Good luck!

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