On December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the release of a request for applications (RFA) for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) projects. The SBIR program is comprised of three phases. During Phase I, applicants determine the scientific or technical feasibility of their proposed ideas. Phase II requires a more comprehensive application, outlining the proposed effort in further detail. The purpose of Phase III is to stimulate technological innovation and return on investment from research carried out in the prior two phases. Applicants must have successfully completed a USDA Phase I project before applying for a Phase II grant.
NIFA is soliciting applications under 13 topic areas, including Biofuels and Biobased Products. Projects dealing with agriculturally-related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all 2018 SBIR topic areas.
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on March 8, 2018. More information on the RFA is available on the NIFA website.