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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II Funding Opportunity

April 6, 2022

A new funding opportunity from ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) has been announced for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program (Phase II).

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase II

The purpose of the SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting federal research or research and development needs, and improve the return on investment from federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The goal is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through research and development of products generated by small businesses, and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research results and development products. All SBIR projects funded by NIDILRR must address the needs of individuals with disabilities and promote their health and function, community living, or employment outcomes.

Phase II projects expand on the results of and further pursue the development of Phase I projects. NIDILRR will make four grants under this opportunity. Grants will have a 24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods. These eligible applicants only include SBIR Phase I grantees who successfully completed their Phase I work in the past three years (2020, 2021, or 2022). Phase I grantees with funding from NIDILRR or from another agency are eligible to apply, as long as their applications describe research projects that aim to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Applicants must also continue to be small businesses. 

View more details and application instructions.

Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on June 6, 2022.



For the full listing of currently funded projects, browse by funding mechanism or NIDILRR outcome domains and support areas, or search the full database



NIDILRR, part of ACL, generates new knowledge and promotes its effective use so that people with disabilities can perform activities of their choice in the community. NIDILRR also works to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for people with disabilities.

Last modified on 04/06/2022

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