Agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Program: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program
Description: The purpose of the USDA SBIR program is to provide an opportunity for US-owned, for-profit small business firms to submit innovative, applied, research and development projects that address important problems facing American agriculture and have the potential to lead to significant public benefit if the research is successful. Research proposals are accepted in any of the following topic areas: 1) Forests and Related Resources; 2) Plant Production and Protection - Biology; 3) Animal Production and Protection; 4) Air, Water, and Soils; 5) Food Science and Nutrition; 6) Rural Development; 7) Aquaculture; 8) Biofuels and Biobased Products; 9) Marketing and Trade; 10) Animal Manure Management; 11) Small and Mid-Size Farms; and 12) Plant Production and Protection - Engineering. Phase I involves grants up to $100,000 to determine the scientific or technical feasibility of ideas submitted by applicants.
Award Amount: Phase I awards may not exceed $100,000.00 for a period normally not to exceed eight (8) months. However, longer grant periods, up to 20 months, may be considered when appropriate.