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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 22, 2020

Elden W. Hawkes


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.

Priority topic areas include:

  • Topic Area 8.1, Forests and Related Resources
  • Topic Area 8.2, Plant Production and Protection (Biology)
  • Topic Area 8.3, Animal Production and Protection
  • Topic Area 8.4, Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Topic Area 8.5, Food Science and Nutrition
  • Topic Area 8.6, Rural and Community Development
  • Topic Area 8.7, Aquaculture
  • Topic Area 8.8, Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • Topic Area 8.12, Small and Mid-Size Farms
  • Topic Area 8.13, Plant Production, and Protection (Engineering)

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

  • Water and air quality
  • Methods for processing and packaging food to improve safety and nutritional quality
  • Programs and products that increase consumption of healthy foods, reduce obesity, and/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

Award ceiling: $106,500
Project period: 8-20 months
Estimated number of awards: 90
Estimated total program funding: $25,000,000

Applications are being solicited for FY2019 and FY 2020.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Agricultural health and safety · Broadband · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Elderly population · 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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