When is the April 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Deadline?
That’s not quite a trick question. If you have been preparing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR grant submission, you are obviously aware that the deadline is 5 p.m. your local time on Thursday, April 5. However, since January 2011 there have been some important changes in the electronic submission process, so please read the rest of this email closely.
BBC has always advised that you submit your proposals well in advance of the deadline, and we highly encourage you to submit your SBIR/STTR to Grants.gov by April 1. This has always been a good strategy, but now it is essential. The Error Correction Window, which was implemented in December 2005 to facilitate the transition from paper to electronic submission of grant applications, has now been removed. The window had allowed applicants an opportunity after the deadline to correct missing or incorrect aspects of their applications, identified by NIH system-generated errors and warnings displayed to the applicant after submission.
What does this mean?
It means that you can no longer press the submit button at 4:59 p.m. on April 5 and hope to get your application through successfully.
- It means that you must have an error-corrected, perfectly-compiled pdf of your proposal visible in your NIH eRA Commons account at 5 p.m. on April 5.
- And, it means that if you do not fix all of the electronic submission errors and get your proposal safely through to NIH by 5 p.m. on the deadline, then your proposal may not proceed to review.
For further details, click here to see the NIH notice.
Clients of BBC can count on us to look through their completed Application Packages before submission, but even so, proposals may still have errors on a first attempt. It can take up to 48 hours to get a description of these errors back from Grants.gov, and they are sometimes hard to decipher and fix.
If you take our advice, and submit by Sunday, April 1 or first thing on Monday, April 2, you will have three more days to address any errors you may have. So take our advice and get ahead of the game to improve your chances of success!
Andrea Johanson, PhD, Principal Consultant, BBC