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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 5, 2017

Scott Dockum

A list of agency contacts by research area may be found 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. The SBIR program goal is to develop and commercialize new technology, products, processes, and services that will:

  • Enhance the efficiency and equity of public and private investment in rural communities
  • Build a diversified workforce to meet present and future needs
  • Enhance resilience to both natural and human disasters
  • Enhance economic vitality of rural communities and, in turn, reduce rural poverty

Program priority areas include:

  • Agriculturally-related manufacturing technology
  • Energy efficiency and alternative and renewable energy
  • Food security
  • Climate variability and change
  • Bioenergy
  • Childhood obesity
  • Water management and conservation at the farm level and watershed scale

Key information and research priorities for each topic area listed above may be found in the application instructions.


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

Application process

Links to the full announcement and electronic application are available through

Tagged as
Agricultural health and safety · Community and economic development · Emergency preparedness and response · Environmental health · Food security and nutrition · Healthcare workforce · Obesity and weight control · Research methods and resources · Technology for health and human services

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