Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

Applications are due October 25, 2022.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications from small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs, Phase I (SBIR/STTR). The USDA SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR/STTR programs support small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enable the application of research advancements from conception into the market. The STTR program aims to foster technology transfer through formal cooperative R&D between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. Different from most other investors, the USDA SBIR/STTR Programs fund early or “seed” stage research and development that has a commercial potential.