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2. Where can I find an application guide?

SF 424 (R&R) Online HTML Application Guide (  

SF 424 (R&R) PDF Guide Application Guide for SBIR/STTR Grant Applications

Annotated Form Set for NIH Small Business (SBIR/STTR) Grant Applications.

3. I received a notification that my application was “Not Discussed”. What does that mean?

Please review the description of the NIH review process. The peer review starts with three reviewers who evaluate the application by themselves and give an initial score. Then the review officer ranks all applications based on the average of the initial scores. On the review meeting day, the reviewers discuss the top half of the applications in the study section. Only those discussed applications receive an impact score. The undiscussed ones (bottom half) remain unscored and receive “Not Discussed” status. Every application will receive the reviewer’s critiques in the summary statement, which will be released normally within one month after the review. You can discuss it with the program officer if you have any questions.

4. My application received an impact score. How do I know whether it may get funded or not?

The NIAMS publishes SBIR/STTR paylines. If the impact score is within the payline, most likely it will get funded.

5. Why did I receive a message saying my application submitted one year ago was not to be funded? I resubmitted my application. Is the resubmission going be affected?

NIH is required by the law to notify the funding decisions on the SBIR/STTR applications within 12 months. Even though you knew your application was not going to be funded, NIH still needs to send out the notification within 12 months. The decision on an earlier application does not influence the funding consideration of later submissions.

6. How do I request a no cost extension?

No Cost Extensions may be performed automatically one-time only by the Signing Official (SO) no earlier than 90 days before the end of the project and no later than the end date. The SO should follow these steps to request a no cost extension.

Note: There can only be one no cost extension through Commons per grant. If you have applied previously for an extension for this grant, an Extension link will not be available.

7. Does the SBIR/STTR program at NIAMS allow clinical trials?

Unfortunately, the SBIR/STTR Program at NIAMS does not allow clinical trials. However, there are other grant mechanisms that NIAMS participates in that allow for clinical trials. Please see the following from the Grants and Funding/Types of Funding Mechanisms webpage on the NIAMS website that provides all the mechanisms that will permit clinical trials.

8. Do you know if the award is taxable? Or can you point me towards a source for this information.

Applicants for and recipients of NIH grant funds, whether such funds are received through a grant, indirectly under a contract or consortium agreement, or by a fiscal agent acting on another organization’s behalf, or as student assistance under a training grant, are responsible for and must adhere to all applicable Federal statutes, regulations, and policies, including income tax regulations. Questions concerning the applicability of income tax regulations to grant funds should be directed to the IRS. The applicant also is expected to be in compliance with applicable State and local laws and ordinances.

Last Reviewed: 04/22/2019