The USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, and/or disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market.
Different from most other investors, the USDA SBIR program funds early or “seed” stage research and development that has commercial potential. The program provides equity-free funding and entrepreneurial support at the earliest stages of company and technology development.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the SBIR program Phase II for fiscal year (FY) 2022 from previous SBIR program Phase I awardees. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an FY 2022 appropriations act. Enactment and implementation of appropriations or authorizing legislation may affect the availability or level of funding for this program and may delay the start date of Phase II grants for FY 2022.
The aim of SBIR Phase II applications is to continue the research and development (R&D) developed under Phase I with a goal to commercialize and bring the innovation to market as the Phase II project completes.
Phase II will require a more comprehensive application, outlining the proposed effort in detail and the commercialization strategy for the effort. USDA-NIFA recognizes that Phase II awards may not be sufficient in either dollars or time for the firm to complete the total R&D and the commercialization activities required to bring the project results to a marketplace.
Small Business Concern
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Fiscal Year 2022, April 6, 2022
Fiscal Year 2023, March 2, 2023
ANTICIPATED FUNDING: Fiscal Year 2022 $19,500,000
Fiscal Year 2023 $19,500,000