Review Solicitations and Complete Registrations

Different Funding Opportunities

NIDA offers a broad range of funding opportunities that target all stages of biomedical product development (Ideation, Feasibility, and Product Development). To help companies develop their innovative ideas, NIDA participates in the:

  1. The SBIR and STTR omnibus solicitation. This funding opportunity targets PI-initiated research (your own idea) that has the potential for technology commercialization and impact on public health.
  2. NIDA-specific SBIR and STTR Targeted Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). The funding opportunity outlines a specific problem that needs to be addressed and invites companies to present their possible solutions. The solicitation can come in the form of a grant through a Request for Applications (RFAs) or a contract through a Request for Proposals (RFP). A contract mechanism is used when the solution attributes are more clearly defined and there is a specific solution to the problem, compared to a grant mechanism where there are multiple possible solutions to the problem.

View funding opportunities with budget and application due date details.

Required Registrations

To apply for these funding opportunities, a company must complete four required registrations. Registrations are free and the process can take 6-8 weeks, so it is important to begin the registration process as early as possible. All the following registrations must be completed prior to the submission of an application:

  1. SAM (System for Award Management) – required to do business with the U.S. government.
  2. eRA Commons – required to submit grant applications through the federal-wide portal.
  3. – required to submit grant applications through the federal-wide grant portal.
  4. SBA (Small Business Administration) – required to participate in SBIR and STTR federal funding programs.

Additional details about each registration can be found on the NIH SEED site.


Step 4: Submit Your Application
There are multiple ways to apply to NIH, including ASSIST, a web-based application.