Administration for Community Living -- Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and to promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community and to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. All SBIR projects funded by NIDILRR must address the needs of individuals with disabilities (see 29 U.S.C. 760). An application to NIDILRR’s SBIR program must support this mission and should present a sound approach to the investigation of an important technological, engineering, or scientific question that it is worthy of support under the stated criteria of this program announcement. The applicant should review the program announcement carefully to ensure that information and data essential for evaluation are included. The scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and research and development (R/R&D) is the primary concern for all work supported by NIDILRR.

An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 when preparing its application. The Long-Range Plan is organized around the following outcome domains:

• Community living and participation;

• Health and function; and

• Employment.


  • Letter of Intent: Nov. 22, 2023
  • Application: Dec. 18, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Applicants must address topics that support NIDILRR's mission as described above. For FY 2024, there are several invitational priorities of interest to the agency (see below). We do not give an application that meets one of these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

1. Technology or products to address the needs, experiences, and outcomes of people with disabilities that are related to climate change.

2. Technology or products focused on oral health among people with disabilities.

3. Enhanced sensory or motor function of individuals with disabilities through the development of technology to support improved functional capacity.

4. Enhanced workforce participation through the development of technology to increase access to employment, promote sustained employment, and support employment advancement for individuals with disabilities.

5. Enhanced community living and participation for individuals with disabilities through the development of voting technology that improves access for individuals with disabilities.

6. Improved health-care interventions through the development of technology to support independent access to community health-care services for individuals with disabilities.

7. Technology that increases access to caregiving for individuals with disabilities. This can include access to personal care assistants.

Eligibility Requirements

Each organization submitting an application must qualify at the time of the award as a small business concern as defined by the Small Business Administration. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $100,000 Per Budget Period

Award Floor: $95,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Period: 6-month project period

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 18, 2023