Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

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The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is a set-aside program (3.2% of an agency’s extramural budget in FY2021) for domestic small business concerns to engage in Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit. The SBIR program was established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219).

CDC’s SBIR Program targets innovations in diagnostics, data science (e.g., artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, etc.), surveillance, occupational safety and health, and public health. This program helps to develop technologies in support of CDC’s health promotion and disease prevention needs.

CDC’s SBIR program falls under the stewardship of CDC’s Office of Science, Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI). The Office commits to ensuring a competitive award process that results in projects of scientific excellence and technological innovation with the potential for commercialization.

About the SBIR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program encourages small business to engage in research and development (R&D). Program goals include:

  • Use small businesses to stimulate technological innovation,
  • Strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R/R&D needs,
  • Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding,
  • Increase small business participation in Federal R/R&D, and
  • Foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned business concerns in the SBIR program.

Eligible Institutions/Organizations:

Only U.S.-based small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit SBIR applications. A SBC is one that, on the date of award for both Phase I and Phase II funding agreements, meets ALL of the criteria as described in the current SBIR parent funding opportunity announcement available at the NIH Small Business Funding Opportunitiesexternal icon.

Three Phases of SBIR

Funding gets awarded competitively for only Phases I and II of the SBIR Program:

  • Phase I awards projects up to $243,500 for approximately 6 months to support exploration of the technical merit or feasibility of an idea or technology.
  • Phase II awards projects that expand Phase I results. Awards range up to $1,000,000 for a project period of up to 2 years. During this time, the awardee performs R&D work, and the developer evaluates commercialization potential.
  • Phase III covers the period during which Phase II innovation moves from the laboratory into the marketplace. At this stage, the SBIR recipient must find funding in the private sector or other non-SBIR funding.

CDC SBIR Funding Opportunities

  1. CDC participates in the SBIR Parent Grant Solicitation for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CDC, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) external icon: Clinical Trial Not Allowed (PA-20-260external icon) and Clinical Trial Required (PA-20-262)external icon. See SBIR Topic List pages 176 – 206 for CDC’s research topics of interestpdf iconexternal icon.
  2. CDC participates along with the NIH in the PHS 2021-1 SBIR Contract and NIH PHS 2021-2 Grants Solicitation. The Contracts receipt date closed on October 26, 2020, 5 p.m. EDT. The CDC SBIR Grants Solicitation for NIH PHS 2021-2 receipt dates are September, January, and April of each year.
  3. For more information about individual funded projects, visit the NIH RePorterexternal icon.

SBIR Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) promotes the effective, efficient, and economical operation of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs and operations through audits, inspections, investigations, and other reviews. The HHS OIG Hotline accepts tips from all sources about potential fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in HHS programs. The reporting individual should indicate the fraud, waste, and/or abuse concerns for a SBIR grant or contract, if relevant.

Combating Fraud

What types of fraud are found in the SBIR Programs?

See Fraud, Waste, and Abuse details.

Knowing the Rules

Which SBIR rules should you become particularly familiar with?

See Fraud, Waste, and Abuse details.

Consequences

What happens if you break the rules?

See Fraud, Waste, and Abuse details.

Please use the following if you want additional information or want to report wrongdoing:

HHS OIG Websiteexternal icon

HHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Fraudexternal icon

HHS OIG Hotline Operationsexternal icon

Please direct all inquiries to: Office of Technology and Innovation, SBIR@cdc.gov, or 404-718-1386.

For questions related to fraud, waste, or abuse, contact us or the Strategic Business Initiatives (SBI) Unit, Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO), at ERM@cdc.gov.

Page last reviewed: November 3, 2020
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