Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I

Quick Facts

Due DateOctober 2, 2014 (Thursday)
Award AmountUp to $ 100,000
Category of Funding ActivityAgriculture
Eligible Applicants
  • Others - Each applicant submitting an application must qualify as a small business concern for R/R&D purposes at the time of award (see definitions in section 2.0). A potential grantee that is a subsidiary must show that the parent company is also a small business entity and the parent company must provide documentation supporting their small business status (the documentation should be included in Field 12, Other Attachments, of the Research and Related (R&R) Other Project Information form). If the parent company is not a small business entity, then the subsidiary is not eligible to submit an SBIR application. In addition, the primary employment of the Project Director (PD) must be with the small business concern at the time of award and during the conduct of the proposed research, unless otherwise approved in writing by NIFA. Eligible primary employment means that more than one-half of the PD?s time is spent in the employ of the small business. Primary employment with the small business precludes the applicant as a full-time employee with another organization. This requirement applies to Phase I awards and any deviations from this requirement must be approved in writing by the USDA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) after consultation with the appropriate National Program Leader (NPL). While the PD must work more than one-half of his/her time for the small business during the entire grant period, there is no time requirement for the PD?s work on the proposed research.

Program Description

Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. USDA SBIR Program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberUSDA-NIFA-SBIR-004553
Funding Opportunity TitleSmall Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
Opportunity CategoryAgriculture
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of AwardsNot Available
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateJune 20, 2014 (Friday)
Application Due DateOctober 2, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Archive DateNovember 1, 2014 (Saturday)
Total Program Funding$ 18,300,000
Award AmountUp to $ 100,000
CFDA Number
  • 10.212 - Small Business Innovation Research

Eligible Applicants

  • Others - Each applicant submitting an application must qualify as a small business concern for R/R&D purposes at the time of award (see definitions in section 2.0). A potential grantee that is a subsidiary must show that the parent company is also a small business entity and the parent company must provide documentation supporting their small business status (the documentation should be included in Field 12, Other Attachments, of the Research and Related (R&R) Other Project Information form). If the parent company is not a small business entity, then the subsidiary is not eligible to submit an SBIR application. In addition, the primary employment of the Project Director (PD) must be with the small business concern at the time of award and during the conduct of the proposed research, unless otherwise approved in writing by NIFA. Eligible primary employment means that more than one-half of the PD?s time is spent in the employ of the small business. Primary employment with the small business precludes the applicant as a full-time employee with another organization. This requirement applies to Phase I awards and any deviations from this requirement must be approved in writing by the USDA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) after consultation with the appropriate National Program Leader (NPL). While the PD must work more than one-half of his/her time for the small business during the entire grant period, there is no time requirement for the PD?s work on the proposed research.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Program Information WebsiteSmall Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
ContactOffice: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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Phone: 202-401-5048
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