Grant Details

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) -- Phase I

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    U. S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


    The purpose of the SBIR program is four-fold:

    • Stimulate technological innovation;
    • Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDBs), and by women-owned small businesses;
    • Strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal research and development (R&D) needs; and
    • Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Department) R&D funding, thereby increasing competition, productivity, and economic growth.


    The priorities for this program are:

    • Increased independence of individuals with disabilities in community settings, including educational settings, through the development of technology to support access to these settings and promote integration of individuals with disabilities;
    • Enhanced sensory or motor function of individuals with disabilities through the development of technology to support improved functional capacity;
    • Enhanced workforce participation through the development of technology to increase access to employment, promote sustained employment, and support employment advancement for individuals with disabilities;
    • Enhanced community living and participation for individuals with disabilities through the development of accessible information technology including cloud computing, software, systems, and devices that promote access to information in educational, employment, and community settings, and voting technology that improves access for individuals with disabilities; and
    • Improved health-care interventions and increased use of related resources through the development of technology to support independent access to community health-care services for individuals with disabilities.



    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Phase I awards are to determine, insofar as possible, the scientific or technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of R&D projects submitted under the SBIR program.



    Patricia Barrett

    Patricia Barrett
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    400 Maryland Avenue SW
    Room 5142
    Washington', DC 20208
    (202) 245–6211



  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are entities that are small business concerns at the time of award.

    Deadline Details

    Applications must be electronically submitted via by 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 12, 2015.

    Award Details

    Approximately $750,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding for FY15. 10 awards are expected to be made. Awards will range between $70,000 and $75,000 and will last up to 6 months. Cost sharing/matching is not required.


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