Sunday, January 24, 2010

SBIR Solicitation Released

NIH, CDC, FDA, and ACF released (PHS 2010-02) the Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR grant applications on January 15th. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is an opportunity for Small Business Concerns (SBC) with research capabilities and technological expertise to submit SBIR grant applications in response to identified topics.

The SBIR program is structured in three phases. The first two phases are supported by SBIR funds. Phase I establishes the feasibility of doing the proposed research or R&D efforts and the objective of Phase II is to continue the work initiated in Phase I. Phase III is to help the small business community pursue with non ABIR funds commercialization objectives resulting from the results in Phase I and II.

The total award amount and number of awards will be dependent on available funding and on the number of meritorious applications received. Phase I is not to exceed $100,000 and Phase II is not to exceed $750,000.

The FOA just released includes a number of ideas and topics listed by the Institutes where there is interest in research and R&D. Some of the listed topics from the Institutes are:

• National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering—Develop new technologies to collect, store, retrieve, and integrate quantitative data, plus provide large scale data driven database methods to support data mining, statistical analysis, systems biology and modeling efforts, drug and gene delivery systems, and medical devices. NIBIB wants to develop software and hardware for telehealth studies

• National Institute on Aging—Develop practical applications using innovative technologies to do research on hand-held devices, telemedicine, robotics, social networking, and communications technologies

• National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes---Develop instruments to monitor nervous system activity during surgical procedures, develop technologies to allow neurosurgeons to repair the brain, develop devices and methods to remove blood clots, develop rehabilitation devices, monitoring systems, pediatric brain imaging, and web-based entry and data management tools to use for clinical research

• National Institute of General Medical Sciences---Develop databases and data formats, develop tools to model complex biological systems, and design and develop related software and hardware

• National Institute of Mental Health---Develop informatics tools to enable brain scientists and clinicians to make better use of their data, develop technologies for clinical pediatric research, develop pediatric assessment tools, monitoring technologies, and deep brain stimulation

• National Cancer Institute---Develop new telemedicine technologies, remote medical imaging, and bioengineering technology that can be applied to cancer detection and diagnosis. Seeks methods for analyzing the data associated with molecular profiling and other comprehensive molecular analysis technologies, software to interpret and analyze clinical and pathology data to include methods that relate data from clinical databases to external data sources

• National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases---Develop sensors and delivery devices for monitoring blood to prevent hypo and hyperglycemia in diabetic patients, design glucose sensor and insulin delivery systems to create an artificial pancreas, and research new devices to improve insulin delivery methods

• National Institute for Drug Abuse ---Develop new technologies to use for screening, assessing, and preventing problem drug use, to match HIV patients with appropriate treatment services, develop an electronic drug abuse treatment referral system for physicians, develop eHealth tools, plus develop new technologies to integrate data from prescription monitoring programs to current clinical practices

• National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ---Develop new medical devices for point-of-care monitoring to use to diagnose, develop personalized medicine, and develop new or improved software for clinical trials and studies. Research how computerized systems can be used to support evidence-based clinical practice in the prevention and treatment of hypercholesterolemia, coronary heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, and other cardiovascular risk factors and diseases. Also interested in the use of miniaturized devices for home monitoring, how to assess periodic breathing infant apneas associated with hypoxemia and also use to assess disorders in adults

For more information and for more complete details on topics from the other Institutes, Centers, CDC, FDA, and ACF, go to or to