Save the date: California Small Farm Conference March 7-10, 2015 San Diego
Call for research proposals from producers & small businesses - Deadline is October 2
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes competitively awarded grants that are to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefit if successful.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) SBIR Topics
- 8.1 Forests and Related Resources
- 8.2 Plant Production and Protection - Biology
- 8.3 Animal Production and Protection
- 8.4 Air, Water and Soils
- 8.5 Food Science and Nutrition
- 8.6 Rural Development
- 8.7 Aquaculture
- 8.8 Biofuels and Biobased Products
- 8.12 Small and Mid-Size Farms
- 8.13 Plant Production and Protection - Engineering
SBIR Phase I grants are limited to $100,000 and duration of 8 months and are open to any small business concern that meets the SBIR eligibility requirements. SBIR Phase II grants are limited to $450,000 and duration of 24 months and are only open to previous Phase I awardees. SBIR program funds are allocated in proportion to the number of proposals received over 10 broad topic areas.
Participation by university faculty or government scientists in SBIR projects is strongly encouraged. They can serve as consultants or can receive a subcontract (in both cases limited to no more than 1/3 of the Phase I award or 1/2 of the Phase II award) and continue to work full time at their institution. University faculty or government scientists can also serve as a PI if they reduce employment at their institution to 49 percent for the duration of the grant.
USDA SBIR website (for more information): http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/
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