Knowing NIH grant paylines is important in having a good idea of whether or not your project will be funded.

An NIH payline is determined based the combination of the available funds and applications for those available funds.  The Impact score is evaluated relative to the NIH payline.  The NIH payline is the cutoff for funding: an Impact Score higher than Payline is generally not going to get funded.  An Impact Score less than Payline will generally result in a funded grant.

In NIH terminology the Small Business Innovation Research Awards (SBIR) is coded as R43/R44, and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) as R41/42.  Both are widely covered in the NIH Budget 2018.

Individual funding institutions set their paylines or impact scores as follows:

 

NCI

Payline of 28 for R41/42

Payline of 27 for R43/R44

 

NIAID – FY18

STTR R41, R42: 28 (interim)

SBIR R43, R44: 26 (interim)

Previously:

Payline of 28 for R41/42

Payline of 33 for R43/R44

 

NHLBI – FY18

Zone of Consideration impact scores:

10-40 for R41/R42

10-40 for R44 (increased from 33 in FY18)

Impact score of 29 for R43

 

NICHD – FY18

2018 paylines:
SBIR Phase I is Priority Score 35.
SBIR Phase II is Priority Score 36.
STTR Phase I and Phase II is Priority Score 29.

 

NIAMS – FY18

Priority score of 24 for SBIR

Priority score of 21 for STTR

NIDA, NEI, NCATS, NHGRI, NIAAA, NIDC, NLM, NIBIB, NIMHD, NINR, NCCIH, FIC, NIDDK, NINDS, NIMH, NIA, NIGMS: no specific payline or no information available.

There are many benefits to funding from SBIR and STTR, and they can be competitive programs to access. Having an application that lands in the payline or impact number zone is not a guarantee of funding, of course, but it puts your life sciences organization in a good position to obtain non-dilutive funding for your project or plans.

At Grant Engine, we have experience creating applications for various funding programs, tailored to highlight why our clients are different from the rest and worthy of a grant.

With our help your business will have a strong likelihood of winning a grant, getting into the payline or impact score for whichever funding institute is preferable. Contact us to learn more.