Check Out Diversity Supplements for Small Business Grantees

Funding News Edition: October 20, 2021
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If you have an active NIH small business grant, consider requesting diversity support through funding opportunity announcement Administrative Supplements To Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp, Clinical Trial Not Allowed). These supplements can add funds to your R41, R42, R43, R44, or U44 small business innovation research (SBIR) or small business technology transfer (STTR) parent grant.

Within the scope of your original project, you may use supplement funds to enhance the diversity of the research and entrepreneurial workforce in either or both of the following ways:

  • Recruit students, postdoctoral fellows, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health research or small business programs.
  • Support a disabled principal investigator (PI) who needs additional support for accommodations that would allow the PI to continue work on the project.

In your application, NIH encourages you to identify individuals from nationally underrepresented groups as defined in the Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity, women, and/or socially and economically disadvantaged candidates. Check the Small Business Administration definition of socially and economically disadvantaged individuals

For requests to other NIH institutes or centers (ICs), check the IC-Specific Information, Requirements and Staff Contacts.

For requests to NIAID, be sure to follow our Administrative Supplements To Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR guidance. It details all the NIAID specifics for eligibility, deadlines, review and award, salary and budget, application content, and more.

We strongly recommend that you verify your eligibility with Dr. Natalia Kruchinin, NIAID SBIR/STTR program coordinator, at or 240-669-2919. She can also answer your questions about PA-21-345 and other NIAID Small Business Programs.

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