In 2024, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues its mission to foster medical and behavioral research through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Integral to these programs is the budget waivers that enable groundbreaking projects to surpass standard funding boundaries, catalyzing significant scientific discoveries.

The Role of Budget Waivers in NIH Funding

Budget waivers in the NIH SBIR/STTR programs epitomize a commitment to removing financial barriers that often hinder revolutionary research. These waivers facilitate exploring ambitious and potentially transformative health research projects by transcending the usual funding limits.

Organizations Offering 2024 Budget Waiver Topics

The 2024 NIH and HHS lineup showcases an array of organizations dedicated to diverse and strategic health research areas. These organizations, as outlined in the HHS Program Descriptions and Topics for Budget Waivers documents, include:

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)​​​​.

A Closer Look at the 2024 Research Focus

These organizations represent many research fields, each contributing uniquely to NIH’s overarching goals of improving health, extending life, and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. They embody a strategic approach to addressing various health challenges and advancing medical science.

Crafting a Successful Application for 2024

Successfully applying for a budget waiver in this competitive program necessitates a comprehensive understanding of NIH’s strategic objectives and a precise alignment of research proposals with these goals. Leveraging expert advice can be vital in navigating this complex process and enhancing the chances of securing funding.


The 2024 NIH SBIR/STTR budget waivers testify to the agency’s unwavering dedication to enabling high-impact health research. These waivers provide financial support and signify NIH’s commitment to fostering innovative research that can transform healthcare.

Researchers are encouraged to seize this opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking health research. Align your innovative ideas with NIH’s strategic vision and seek professional assistance to navigate the application process effectively. Engage in this exciting journey in 2024 and be a part of shaping the future of healthcare and medical research.


  1. Health and Human Services (HHS). “Program Descriptions.” [PDF file]. Retrieved from
  2. Health and Human Services (HHS). “Topics for Budget Waivers.” [PDF file]. Retrieved from