Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Contract Solicitation (PHS 2009-1) Now Available

Notice Number: NOT-OD-08-094

Key Dates
Release Date:  August 8, 2008
Contract Proposal Receipt Date:  November 3, 2008

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH) (www.nih.gov)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov)

Innovative technologies and methodologies fuel progress in biomedical and behavioral research and represent an increasingly important area of the economy. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides support for research and development (R&D) of new or improved technologies and methodologies that have the potential to succeed as commercial products.

The purpose of this notice is to (1) announce the issuance of the Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Small Business Innovation Research Contract Proposals (PHS 2009-1) with a receipt date of November 3,  2008; and (2) inform the public about the opportunities that the SBIR program offers to small business concerns as well as to scientists at research institutions. 

The SBIR legislation requires the Public Health Service (PHS), Department of Health and Human Services, and certain other Federal agencies to reserve 2.5 percent of their extramural research or R&D budgets for an SBIR program. (The NIH SBIR set-aside requirement for FY 2008 is $579.8 million.)

The offeror organization must be a small business concern as defined by the Small Business Administration and described in the Contract Solicitation. The primary employment of the principal investigator MUST be with the small business concern at the time of award and during the conduct of the proposed project. In accord with the intent of the SBIR program to increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R&D, scientists at research institutions can play an important role in an SBIR project by serving as consultants and/or subcontractors to the small business concern.  Generally, up to one-third of the Phase I budget may be spent on consultant and/or subcontractual costs, and, generally, up to one-half of the Phase II budget may be spent on such costs. In this manner, a small business concern with limited expertise and/or research facilities may benefit from teaming with a scientist(s) at a research institution; for the scientist(s) at a research institution, this team effort provides support for R&D not otherwise obtained. The SBIR program consists of the following three phases:

PHASE I: The objective of this phase is to determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility and potential for commercialization of the proposed research or R&D efforts and the quality of performance of the small business concern, before consideration of further Federal support in Phase II. Generally, Phase I SBIR awards do not exceed $100,000 for direct costs, Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs, and negotiated fixed fee for a period generally not to exceed six months.

PHASE II:
The objective of this phase is to continue the research orR&D efforts initiated in Phase I. Funding shall be based on the results of Phase I and the scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the Phase II proposal. Only Phase I contractors are eligible to apply for Phase II funding, and Phase II proposals may be submitted ONLY upon the request of the Contracting Officer. (However, see "Fast-Track" Initiative below.) Generally, Phase II awards do not exceed $750,000 for direct costs, F&A costs, and negotiated fixed fee for a period generally not to exceed two years. That is, generally, a two-year Phase II project does not cost more than $750,000 for that project. Only one Phase II award may be made for any SBIR project.

PHASE III:
The objective of this phase is for the small business concern to pursue, with non-SBIR funds, the commercialization of the results of the research or R&D funded in Phases I and II.

"FAST-TRACK" INITIATIVE:
(Applicable only to proposals submitted to the NIH and only if an awarding component indicates that it is accepting Fast-Track proposals for a particular topic.)

The Fast-Track initiative is an opportunity for small business concerns to submit both a Phase I and Phase II proposal for concurrent peer review. This initiative also has the potential to minimize any funding gap between Phase I and Phase II. Proposals must be prepared in accordance with Phase I and Phase II proposal preparation instructions.

Following are the research topics contained in the PHS 2009-1 Solicitation:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

Immunization Safety Office (ISO)

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

Inquiries

Eligibility requirements, definitions, submission procedures, review considerations, contract proposal forms and instructions, and other pertinent information, including the "Fast-Track" Initiative, are contained in the Solicitation (PHS 2009-1). The Solicitation, including contract proposal forms, is available electronically through the NIH "Small Business Research Funding Opportunities” Web site. See SBIR Phase I Contract Solicitation PHS 2009-1 (PDF [http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRContract/PHS2009-1.pdf] or MS Word [http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/SBIRContract/PHS2009-1.doc]). Be sure to use the appropriate CONTRACT PROPOSAL forms as they differ from the SF424 (R&R) GRANT application forms.

Note: The SBIR Phase I Contract Solicitation is available ONLY via electronic means. Potential offerors are encouraged to check the NIH Small Business Research Funding Opportunities Web site for updates on the program. Any updates or corrections to the Solicitation will be posted there.

Contracting Officers  

Any small business concern that intends to submit an SBIR contract proposal under this Solicitation should provide the appropriate contracting officer(s) with early, written notice of its intent, giving its name, address, e-mail, telephone, and topic number(s). If a topic is modified or canceled before the Solicitation closes, only those companies that have expressed such intent will be notified.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Ms. Mary Landi-O’Leary      
Phone: (301) 435-3807
Fax: (301) 480-0309
Email: ml186r@nih.gov

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)

Mr. John Taylor
Phone: (301) 435-0327
Fax: (301) 480-3338
E-mail: taylorjc@nhlbi.nih.gov

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Mr. John Taylor
Phone: (301) 435-0327
Fax: (301) 480-3338
E-mail: taylorjc@nhlbi.nih.gov

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Mr. Matthew Packard
Phone: (301) 443-3041
Fax: (301) 443-3891
Email: packardm@mail.nih.gov

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Ms. Barbara Shadrick
Phone: (301) 496-7288
Fax: (301) 402-0972
Email: bs92y@nh.gov

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Mr. Craig Sager
Phone: (301) 443-6677
Fax: (301) 443-7595
Email: cs591t@nih.gov

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Ms. Suzanne Stinson
Phone: (301) 443-2696
Fax: (301) 443-0501
Email: sstinson@mail.nih.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For general administrative SBIR program questions, contact:

Dr. Denise Burton
Office of Public Health Research (OPHR)
Office of the Chief Science Officer
Phone: (404) 639-4641
Email: DBurton2@cdc.gov

Mr. Jerald O’Hara
Office of Public Health Research (OPHR)
Office of the Chief Science Officer
Phone: (404) 639-4796
Email: JOHara@cdc.gov

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)

Mrs. Theresa Routh-Murphy
Contracting Officer, NCBDDD/CDC
Phone: (770) 488-2713
Fax: (770) 488-2778
Email: TNR3@cdc.gov

Immunization Safety Office (ISO)

Mr. Alan Sims
Phone: (770) 488-2896
Fax: (770) 488-2670
Email: auy0@cdc.gov

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)

Mr. Paul Rota
Phone: (404) 639-4181
Fax: (404) 639-4187
Email: prota@cdc.gov

Those interested in the PHS small business research GRANT programs, where investigator-initiated research ideas are encouraged, are invited to access the Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant Applications (PHS 2008-2). There is one grant application due date (December 5, 2008) remaining for calendar year 2008.

To understand better the differences between grants and contracts, see Contracts vs. Grants: What's the difference?


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