Small Business Innovation Research-Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR-STTR) program coordinators, divisional research staff, and reviewers invite SBIR-STTR applications with high scientific merit. In the course of primary (peer) and secondary review, however, SBIR-STTR applications are not compared against one another. Rather, each SBIR-STTR application is scored according to its contribution to institute and program objectives and mission, scientific merit, and commercial viability.
NIA Program Officers (POs) oversee the administration of SBIR-STTR grants and work with grantees to ensure timely completion of the approved and funded research. Prior to submission and review of SBIR-STTR applications, NIA's POs are available to answer any questions about the scientific relevance and merit of SBIR-STTR research ideas and plans. Technical questions about the SBIR-STTR programs should be directed to NIA's SBIR-STTR Program Coordinator (see NIA SBIR-STTR Contact) iwell in advance of the annual application submission deadlines.
NIA POs expect applicants to:
As detailed in Section 5, Application Review Information, of the 2014 NIH SBIR -STTR Omnibus Solicitations , as part of the NIH scientific peer-review process, all applications will:
The Fast Track application was developed at NIH in 1996 to expedite the review and funding of scientifically meritorious SBIR-STTR applications that indicate high potential for commercialization. Applicants must submit Phase I and II applications simultaneously. Details about the SBIR-STTR Fast Track Program review  are found in the 2014 NIH SBIR and STTR Omnibus Solicitations.
Reviewers seek clear, measurable goals the applicant must achieve in Phase I prior to starting Phase II and details on the development, implementation, and evaluation of the project during Phase II. If the Fast-Track application meets the reviewers' expectations, they assign both phases a single score and forward it to the primary NIH Institute for funding consideration.