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USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 10.212
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Oct 25, 2018

Scott Dockum

Elden Hawkes

Agency contacts by research area are provided in the application instructions.


USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I provides funding for research that focuses on the development of new technologies that address important problems affecting people, institutions, and communities in rural America.

Research areas and links to priorities are listed below.

Rural health related research priorities include, but are not limited to:

  • Water and air quality
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Methods for processing and packaging food to improve safety and nutritional quality
  • Programs and products that increase consumption of healthy foods, reduce obesity, or eliminate food deserts
  • Improved healthcare delivery, including mobile or virtual health applications, innovative transportation, and communication technologies and services that increase access to services for rural people
  • Development of technologies and services that address the needs of youth, the elderly, disabled persons, military veterans, and the low-income sector of rural communities
  • Expanding broadband access in rural communities

Small businesses with less than 500 employees are eligible to apply.

A minimum of two-thirds of the research or analytical work, as determined by budget expenditures, must be performed by the proposing organization

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $100,000 for an 8 month project period.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and electronic application procedures are available through

Tagged as
Agricultural health and safety · Broadband · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Elderly population · Emergency preparedness and response · Environmental health · Food security and nutrition · Healthcare workforce · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Obesity and weight control · People with disabilities · Poverty · Research methods and resources · Self-sufficiency · Technology for health and human services · Telehealth · Transportation · Veterans

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