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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II

Type: Posted • Opportunity: HHS-2024-ACL-NIDILRR-BISB-0070

Description

The purpose of the Federal SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal research or research and development (R/R&D) needs, and improve the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The specific purpose of NIDILRR's SBIR program is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through R/R&D products generated by small businesses, and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research results and development products. All SBIR projects funded by NIDILRR must address the needs of people with disabilities and promote their health and function, community living, or employment outcomes. Phase II projects expand on the results of and further pursue the development of Phase I projects. NIDILRR will make four grants under this opportunity. Grants will have a 24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods.
Background
The purpose of the Federal SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal research or research and development (R/R&D) needs, and improve the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. All SBIR projects funded by NIDILRR must address the needs of people with disabilities and promote their health and function, community living, or employment outcomes. Phase II projects expand on the results of and further pursue the development of Phase I projects.

Grant Details
NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and to promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community and to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. An application to NILDRR’s SBIR program must support this mission. The Small Business Administration defines Research or Research and Development (R/R&D) as a systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the subject studied; a systematic study directed specifically toward applying new knowledge to meet a recognized need; or a systematic application of knowledge toward the production of useful materials, devices, and systems or methods. NIDILRR’s SBIR program can support each of these types of activities toward new knowledge or products that can be used to improve the health and function, employment, or community living and participation outcomes of people with disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements
Each organization submitting an application must qualify at the time of the award as a small business concern as defined by the Small Business Administration. Consultative or other arrangements between applicant firms and universities or other nonprofit organizations are permitted, but the small business concern must serve as the grantee. For SBIR Phase II, a minimum of one-half of the research or analytical effort must be performed by the Awardee. In addition, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business firm at the time of award and during the conduct of the proposed research. Joint ventures are permitted, provided that the business entity created qualifies as a small business in accordance with the Small Business Act.

Period of Performance
Grants will have a 24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods.

Grant Value
$1,150,000 total funding with an expected number of 5 awards. Award ceiling is $287,500 per budget period while award floor is $280,000 per budget period.

Place of Performance
The research or R&D work must be performed in the United States.

Overview

Category of Funding
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 1/5/24 Administration for Community Living posted grant opportunity HHS-2024-ACL-NIDILRR-BISB-0070 for Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II with funding of $1.2 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 93.433 ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. It is expected that 5 total grants will be made worth between $280,000 and $287,500.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 5, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
March 5, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST Due in 9 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Last Updated
Jan. 5, 2024, 8:51 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
Sept. 30, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Small businesses
Additional Info
SBIR Phase I grantees who successfully completed their Phase I grant in fiscal year 2022, 2023, or 2024 are eligible to apply.  These eligible applicants only include SBIR Phase I grantees who successfully completed their Phase I work in the past 3 years (2022, 2023, or 2024).  Phase I grantees with funding from NIDILRR or from another agency are eligible to apply, as long as their applications describe research projects that aim to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Applicants must also continue to be small business concerns. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$287,500
Floor
$280,000
Estimated Program Funding
$1,150,000
Estimated Number of Grants
5

Contacts

Contact
Administration for Community Living
Contact Phone
(202) 795-7407
Additional Information Site

Documents

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