SBIR/STTR Success Rates

Developing a competitive application takes time and effort. To better understand the likelihood of success, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) publishes its award statistics which include statistics on funding mechanisms, institutions, activity code, and acceptance rates.

To determine NIDA’s acceptance rate, within the award statistics, select “NIDA” under NIH Institute/Centers and the small business activity codes (R41, R42, R43, or R44):

Activity Code Funding Mechanism
R41 STTR Phase I
R42 STTR Phase II
R43 SBIR Phase I
R44 SBIR Phase II
Competing Applications, Awards, and Success Rate for SBIR/STTR Applicaitons FY2020

The NIH publishes all funded research projects through the public-facing NIH RePORTER database. To locate projects, search by company, principal investigator, or type of award. NIH RePORTER offers two tools to help in your search:

  • Quick Search: Use keywords such as text, PI names, project numbers, fiscal year, agency, etc. to search funded projects (e.g. NIDA SBIR funded projects)
  • Matchmaker: A powerful query interface where you can submit scientific text or abstracts to identify similar projects that have been funded by NIH. The matches are based on the terms and concepts you provide in the submitted text (e.g. virtual reality software as a medical device to treat patients with substance use disorder).