Programs & Funding

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a set-aside program (3.2% of an agency’s extramural budget in FY2019) for domestic small business concerns to engage in Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization and public benefit. The SBIR program was established under the Small Business Innovation Development Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-219).

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program provides “seed funds” for small business concerns (SBCs) to explore their technological potential and the incentive for SBCs to profit from commercialization of their innovations. The CDC’s SBIR Program targets innovations in diagnostics, surveillance, and public health to support the health promotion and disease prevention needs of the CDC.

CDC’s SBIR program is under the stewardship of CDC’s Office of Science, Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI). This office is committed to ensuring a competitive award process that results in projects of scientific excellence and technological innovation with the potential for commercialization.

About the SBIR Program

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, encourages small business to engage in research and development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The program’s specific objectives are to:
•Use small businesses to stimulate technological innovation
•Strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal R/R&D needs
•Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding
•Increase small business participation in Federal R/R&D
•Foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned business concerns in the SBIR program

Eligible Institutions/Organizations:

Only United States small business concerns (SBCs) are eligible to submit SBIR applications. A SBC is one that, on the date of award for both Phase I and Phase II funding agreements, meets ALL of the criteria as described in the current SBIR parent funding opportunity announcement available at the NIH Small Business Funding Opportunities website. See https://sbir.nih.gov/.

Please direct all inquiries to: Office of Technology and Innovation, sbir@cdc.gov, 404-718-1386.

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