Applicants must follow the language and guidelines (including budget) in the specific program announcement to which they applied. Certain program announcements may have more limited budget guidelines than listed below. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff with any budget questions prior to submitting an application.
For budgetary, administrative, or programmatic reasons, NINDS may decrease the length of an award and/or the budget recommended by a review committee, or not fund an application. According to statutory guidelines, total funding support (direct costs, indirect costs, fee) normally may not exceed $168,087 for Phase I awards and $1,120,586 for Phase II awards. With appropriate justification from the applicant, Congress will allow awards to exceed these amounts. Applicants considering a requested budget greater than $275,766 for Phase I and $1,883,436 for Phase II (total funding support) are strongly encouraged to contact NINDS SBIR/STTR program staff at least a month before submitting an application.
NIH has received a waiver from SBA to exceed the hard cap for specific topics. A list of the NINDS topics is shown below. Generally, NINDS does not fund Phase I applications greater than $700,000 total funding support, with no more than $500,000 total cost in any year or project periods greater than 2 years. In addition, the NINDS does not generally fund Phase II applications greater than $3,000,000 total funding support, with no more than $1,500,000 total cost in any year, or project periods greater than 3 years. NINDS SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities that support budgets exceeding these guidelines clearly state additional budget guidance in the FOA language. Note that NINDS does not provide prior approval of a budget waiver to applicants. Applicants considering a requested budget greater than these limits are strongly encouraged to contact program staff at least a month before submitting an application.
The following research may require additional funds above the hard budget caps:
In addition, several technology areas specifically associated with the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative® , a Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain, have been identified as appropriate for commercial development and may require additional funds above the hard budget caps: