Phase I: Feasibility and Proof of Concept

  • Establish technical merit and feasibility of proposed R&D
  • Demonstrate the ability of the small business to grow and operate successfully
  • SBIR: typically $150,000 for total costs over six months; may not exceed $295,924*
  • STTR: typically $150,000 for total costs over one year; may not exceed $295,924*
    *For specific topics, NIH may exceed these total award amounts

Phase II: R&D

  • Continue R&D initiated in Phase I toward commercialization
  • Commercialization plan is required
  • SBIR and STTR: typically $1 million for total costs over 2 years; hard cap $1,972,828*
    *For specific topics, NIH may exceed these total award amounts

Fast Track

  • Combined application for both Phases I and II
  • Allows single peer review process
  • Budget amount follows typical Phase I and Phase II

Direct-to-Phase II: R&D

  • Apply directly for Phase II funding
  • Must demonstrate feasibility through research completed under other funding sources
  • Only open to SBIR

CRP

  • Continue R&D to transition from SBIR/STTR to commercialization
  • Provides funding and technical assistance for R&D not supported through Phase II /IIB grants
  • SBIR and STTR: typically up to $3.4 million for total costs up to 3 years

Phase IIB

  • Up to three years
  • Typically awards up to $3 million for total costs
  • Encouraged to secure substantial third-party investor funds