No Award, but Reasonable Impact Score? Take a Second Look.
If you have submitted a proposal for the 2013 NIH Omnibus Solicitation, received your Summary Statement with a reasonable Impact Score, but not yet received notice of award, you’ll want to follow up with your NIH Program Manager now.
The federal budget is usually not finalized and approved until well into each fiscal year (which runs from October 1 to September 30). Since SBIR and STTR are set-aside programs whose funding is based upon the total extramural R&D budget of each participating agency, Program Managers tend to be conservative about making awards early in the year so they don’t exceed their budget. On the flip side, that might mean that additional funds become available late in the year that MUST be spent. A call or email to your Program Manager could potentially prompt them to take another look at your proposal and use some of the released money to fund your project.
If you are recommended for funding at the end of the fiscal year, be aware that you will need to respond very promptly to NIH’s request for Just In Time (JIT) information or you may miss out. JIT information generally includes SBIR/STTR Eligibility Certification, Current Other Support and Certifications for Human Subjects and Vertebrate Animals. BBC is available to help with your JIT materials and submissions so you can take advantage of this end-of-year opportunity. In the meantime, call that Program Manager!
Becky Aistrup is a Principal Consultant with BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting