USDA Small Business Innovation Research
To Small Businesses
Phase I Awards
Phase II Awards
About the Program
There’s a source of funding that many USDA clients know little about – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Every year USDA provides ~ $27,000,000 to small businesses to address the problems of rural America. These small businesses include small and mid-sized farms, ranches and start-ups formed to solve a local problem such as water pollution, care for the elderly, or educating the young. Other small businesses are started by scientists and engineers – many of whom graduated from the nation’s Land Grant Universities including the 1890 historically black colleges and universities and the 1994 tribal colleges and universities.
The SBIR awards are provided competitively. Phase I awards are up to $100,000 for concept development and Phase II awards are up to $600,000. Many SBIR award winners have successfully used SBIR funding to develop new products and/or services. The dilemma is that not enough small businesses know about the SBIR program and some states don’t win very many awards.
This is where you come into the picture.
Through collaboration with the Small Business Administration, the USDA SBIR Program Office is offering a unique opportunity for those who would like to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program – so that you can tell clients about this program, if appropriate. Given everyone’s busy schedule, the training is provided as a five week series of one hour webinars (live or recorded) accompanied by a brief activity aimed at discovering previous small business SBIR awardees and other service providers in your area. USDA personnel that complete this series will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by leadership at SBA and USDA.
If this is of interest and will fit into your summer schedule, please register for one of the three Sessions that will work best for you. USDA personnel can attend any one of their choice.
View SBIR success stories
Session 1: Tuesdays | 2pm – 3pm (EDT) | June 16th – July 14th
Session 2: Wednesdays | 2pm – 3pm (EDT) | June 17th – July 15th
Session 3: Thursdays | 2pm – 3pm (EDT) | June 18th – July 16th
Registration is now closed.