Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplement for Providing Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Funding to SBIR/STTR Awardees (Admin Supp)
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

March 22, 2021

First Available Due Date:
March 19, 2021
Expiration Date:
October 08, 2023

Related Announcements

PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

NOT-OD-21-023 - Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Needs Assessment Program for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Awardees

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Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announce the availability of Administrative Supplements to provide Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Funding to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awardees. TABA Funding is part of a comprehensive NIH program intended to help small businesses identify and address their most pressing product development needs.

Small Businesses may request up to $6,500 per year for a Phase I and up to $50,000 per Phase II project (across all years) to support subcontracts or consultants. Normally, small businesses include this budget request as part of the application and provide a detailed budget justification. However, small businesses may become aware of technical or business needs after awarding of the Phase I or Phase II that necessitate requesting TABA Funding through an Administrative Supplement.

Examples of technical and business services that can be supported by TABA Funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with product sales
  • Intellectual property protections
  • Market research and/or validation
  • Development of regulatory plans
  • Development of manufacturing plans
  • Access to technical and business literature available through on-line databases

TABA Funding cannot support:

  • Activities that the recipient can provide internally
  • General maintenance of or investment in an applicant/division within the small business, an affiliate/investor of the small business, or a subcontractor/consultant required as part of the awarded Phase I or Phase II
  • Contributions to the SBIR/STTR fee
  • Audit services
  • Bookkeeping services, including payroll management or general accounting services
  • Patent costs above and beyond those outlined for the NIH funded program
  • Contingency costs or costs associated with the research and development activities of the award

Awardees who request and receive TABA Funding through the grant award, either as part of the application or through an administrative supplement, cannot utilize centralized NIH TABA services for the phase of the SBIR/STTR that received TABA Funding. For fast-track applications, centralized NIH TABA services may be used for any phase of the project that did not request TABA Funding. However, any SBIR/STTR awardee can utilize non-TABA SEED innovator support, including I-Corps, Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i), regulatory assistance, or pitch coaching from Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs).

Application and Submission Information

Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following opportunity or its subsequent reissued equivalent.

  • PA-20-272 - Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and PA-20-272 must be followed, with the following additions:

  • For funding consideration, applicants must include “NOT-OD-21-062” (without quotation marks) in the Agency Routing Identifier field (box 4B) of the SF424 R&R form. Applications without this information in box 4B will not be considered for this initiative.
  • Only existing awardees of the SBIR and STTR programs are eligible to apply. The parent award must be active and funded by one of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers noted above.

  • Label the requested cost “Technical Assistance” in the F. Other Direct Costs budget category on one of the lines from 8-10.

  • Supplement requests must include a description of the technical and business assistance requested in the Research Strategy, the proposed vendor (including contact information) in the Performance Site and Senior/Key Personnel and budget justification.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the program contact at the Institute supporting the parent award that a request has been submitted in response to this FOA in order to facilitate efficient processing of the request.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH SEED Office (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development)
Telephone: 301-435-2688
Fax: 301-480-0146

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