Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research and Development Small Businesses-SBIR/STTR (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby notify Small Business Concerns (SBCs) holding Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants that funds are available for administrative supplements to enhance the diversity of the research and entrepreneurial workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research or in the SBIR and STTR programs. This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project. Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed specifically for applicants proposing research that does not involve leading an independent clinical trial, a clinical trial feasibility study, or an ancillary study to a clinical trial. Applicants to this FOA are permitted to propose research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

Application Due Date(s):  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at any time starting 30 days after the Open Date until the expiration date, unless otherwise noted in Institute specific language. Please consult with Scientific contacts listed in Section VII.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


PA-21-345 Expiration Date: September 10, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

All organizations administering an eligible parent award may apply for a supplement under this announcement.

Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit applications for this opportunity.

For supplements to parent awards that include multiple PDs/PIs, the supplement may be requested by any or all of the PDs/PIs (in accordance with the existing leadership plan) and submitted by the awardee institution of the parent award. Do not use this administrative supplement application to add, delete, or change the PDs/PIs listed on the parent award. Visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for more information.

A parent award may support more than one individual on a supplement; however, each request must be strongly justified and include assurances that each candidate will receive appropriate mentoring. Investigators are encouraged to recruit more than one undergraduate student for support by a supplemental award. Appointment of more than one individual to a single award above undergraduate level depends on the nature of the parent grant, the circumstances of the request, and the program balance of the NIH awarding component. Candidates may receive support from only one administrative supplement at a time but may be supported by more than one supplement during the development of their research careers. Support under the supplement is not transferable to another individual or transportable to another institution.

Since applications in response to this announcement will only receive administrative review by the awarding Institute or Center, and will not receive peer review, the NIH policy on resubmissions will not apply. However, applications not accepted by the Institute or Center for review or not funded by the Institute or Center should not be submitted again without either responding to any written concerns or contacting the awarding Institute or Center for instructions first.

    Amount Description

    Application budgets are limited to no more than the amount of the current parent award, and must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. Direct costs for individual administrative supplements vary from less than $5,000 to more than $100,000 depending on the career level of the candidate

    Funding Type





    Curriculum Development
    Engineering and Physical Sciences
    Environmental & Life Sciences
    Medical - Basic Science
    Medical - Clinical Science
    Medical - Translational
    Social Sciences

    External Deadline

    September 10, 2024