Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-088
Release Date: March 4, 2019
Effective immediately, NIH, CDC, and FDA will use the Business Type information provided in the System for Award Management (SAM) entity record to identify a small business organization as Women Owned or Socially and Economically Disadvantaged at time of application submission. This information was previously collected using the "Women Owned" and "Socially and Economically Disadvantaged" check boxes in the Small Business Organization Type field on the SF424 R&R form submitted with grant applications. This change is expected to reduce applicant burden, improve data quality, and ensure consistent information across federal systems.
Although the organization designations continues to be available to agency staff, the small business organization type information is no longer visible on the assembled application images used for review. This provides the added advantage of removing any potential reviewer bias based on the presence of the check boxes.
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