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Small Business Innovation Research – Phase I – Due October 8

On July 2nd, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program released this year’s request for Phase I applications. SBIR is a division of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This program supports scientific and technological innovation “in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy, one small business at a time.” Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects are usually completed within 8 months and have budgets under $100,000.

SBIR’s objectives focus on private sector innovation and using the private sector to commercialize USDA-derived research and development efforts, as well as focusing on boosting technological innovation in women-owned and socially disadvantaged small businesses. The program has ten priority areas in agricultural research; two program areas – Rural and Community Development, and Small and Mid-Size Farms – may be of particular interest. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas.  See SBIR topic areas using the link below.

Proposals are due October 8, 2015.