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ASSIST Streamlines SBIR/STTR Electronic Submissions

October 7th, 2015 by Sarah Ricard

The National Institutes of Health now has an online system to help small businesses submit SBIR and STTR grant applications. ASSIST (Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking) is available to help small businesses prepare, submit, and track grant applications through to NIH. ASSIST provides:

  • Secure web-based data entry
  • Collaboration of multiple users
  • Pre-submission validation of many NIH and business rules
  • Pre-population of data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Pre-submission print/preview of application in NIH format
  • Submission status tracking for both and eRA Commons within a single system
  • Ability to import subaward budget data from external sources
  • Ability to copy application data (excluding attachments) from one announcement to another

A webinar explaining how to use ASSIST is scheduled for Nov. 4 and will cover how to:

  • Populate application data from eRA Commons profiles
  • Validate your application against NIH business rules prior to submission
  • Preview your application images in the NIH format prior to submission
  • Track your applications through to eRA Commons to verify agency receipt

Register for webinar The NIH SBIR/STTR Conference coming up Oct. 27-29 will have a session on using ASSIST for small business applicants. Click here for the conference agenda. ASSIST is not a requirement; small businesses can still apply using the’s downloadable forms method.