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Small Business Innovation Research Program

The SBIR Program was created by Congress in 1982 to help small businesses more actively participate in federal research and development (R&D). All Federal agencies with an annual extramural R&D budget exceeding $100M are required to participate in the SBIR Program.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program at the USDA makes grants that are competitively awarded to qualified small businesses for the purpose of supporting high quality research proposals containing advanced concepts related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefit if the research is successful. The SBIR Program does not make loans and does not award grants for the purpose of helping a business get established.

Objectives of the SBIR Pogram are to stimulate technological innovations in the private sector, strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs, increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts, and foster and encourage participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovations. The types of research projects awarded under this program include, but are not limited to:

  • Forests and related resources,
  • Plant production and protection,
  • Animal production and protection,
  • Air, water and soils,
  • Food science and nutrition,
  • Rural and community development,
  • Aquaculture,
  • Industrial applications,
  • Marketing and trade,
  • Wildlife,
  • Animal waste management.

USDA's SBIR Program is administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES). For additional information, please visit the SBIR website, or contact:

Dr. Charles Cleland, SBIR National Program Manager
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-2243
Telephone: 202-401-4002
Fax: 202-401-6070

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