NIH and CDC Release SBIR Contract Solicitation for Small Business R&D

Pete CodellaUtah Innovation Center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Contract Solicitation for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with applications due October 28, 2021 by 3 p.m. MT.

This SBIR contract solicitation encourages scientific and technical innovation in areas specifically identified by the NIH/CDC awarding components. HHS invites research proposals from small business concerns with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the health-related topic areas and to commercialize the results of that R&D.

Technology areas of interest range from chronic and infectious diseases, aging, developmental disabilities and others. Various topics allow for submission of proposals for only Phase I or Phase II, or through the ‘Direct to Phase II’ process. Some topics allow for ‘Fast Track’ proposals, which include both a Phase I proposal and a Phase II proposal. Please see contract solicitation for more detail.

Important Dates:

  • August 12, 2021 – 11 a.m. MT:  HHS SBIR Contract RFP Informational Webinar will cover the SBIR program, the new contract solicitation, and contract topics.
  • October 28, 2021 – 3 p.m. MT: Submission deadline; proposals must be received by October 28, 2021, 3 p.m. MT

If your Utah small business intends to apply or you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact the Utah Innovation Center at