USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I Request for Applications (RFA)
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. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2022. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program and may delay the start date of Phase I grants.
The USDA 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, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market. USDA offers ten (10) solicitation topic areas that are intended to permit a broad spectrum of eligible and innovative science and technology-based small businesses to compete for funding. The topic areas include: rural and community development; aquaculture; forests and related resources; and biofuels and biobased products development.
There is NO matching requirement.
Small Business Concerns through registration with the Small Business Administration.
AVAILABLE FUNDING AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
APPLICATION DEADLINES: FY 2022: November 3, 2021
FY 2023: October 6, 2022
LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE: Not Required
FUNDING AVAILABILITY: Approximately $12,000,000
MAXIMUM AWARD AMOUNTS: rural and community development- $125,000
forests and related resources- $175,000
biofuels and biobased products development- $175,000