|Although the NHLBI primarily funds small businesses by supporting investigator-initiated grant applications received through general funding opportunity announcements termed Omnibus solicitations, the institute does publish targeted grant funding opportunities (program announcements and RFAs) and Topics of Special Interest. RFAs typically have a targeted area of focus, special review criteria, and money set aside to support applications in response to the solicitation. Topics of Special Interest are meant to highlight research areas that NHLBI deems high priority. Although no money is set aside, the NHLBI does provide additional consideration to applications in these areas when making funding decisions. Topics of Special Interest can change at any time, so applicants are encouraged to check the website (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/funding/sbir/funding-opportunities/omnibus_grant_solicitation.htm) frequently for updates and sign up for the listserv (http://bit.ly/NHLBI-SBIR-Updates) to be notified of new funding opportunities. In addition, the NHLBI supports a limited number of small business contracts each year.|
|Examples of recent cardiovascular topics addressed by NHLBI RFAs and Topics of Special Interest|
|For links to current funding opportunities covering all aspects of the NHLBI mission, please visit our website (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/funding/sbir/funding-opportunities/).|
NHLBI = National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; RFA = request for application.