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USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Opens August 17, 2021

About

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The program stimulates technological innovations in the private sector and strengthens the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses. The SBIR program also fosters and encourages participation by women-owned and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses.

The objectives of the SBIR Program are to:

  • Stimulate technological innovations in the private sector;

  • Strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs;

  • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts; and,

  • Foster and encourage participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovations.

Eligibility

Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications to this program. Each organization submitting a proposal must qualify as a small business concern for research or research and development purposes. See RFA for additional information.

Terms

SBIR Phase I grants are limited to $100,000 and duration of 8 months and are open to any small business concern that meets the SBIR eligibility requirements.

SBIR Phase II grants are limited to $600,000 and duration of 24 months and are only open to previous Phase I awardees. SBIR program funds are allocated in proportion to the number of proposals received over 10 broad topic areas. Proposals are reviewed through a confidential peer review process using outside experts from nonprofit organizations. All applicants receive verbatim copies of reviews.

Resources

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Details

Release Date

August 17, 2021

Deadline

October 22, 2021

Organization

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Maximum Award Amount

$600,000

Updated July 13, 2021

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