USDA SBIR Program Overview with Melinda Coffman

USDA SBIR Program Overview with Melinda Coffman

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The USDA SBIR program offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses.

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Known as "America's Seed Fund," the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs provide competitive access to R&D funds to stimulate technological innovation by small businesses in the U.S. The program can help startups and existing small businesses, interested in or performing research, by providing access to nondilutive grants funds to support proof of concept in Phase I and prototype development in Phase II. If successfully proven, with full development support in Phase II, successful technologies could move into the commercial market.

This event will focus on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s SBIR program and introduce you to their SBIR Program Coordinator Melinda Coffman. The SBIR program at the USDA offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. The program stimulates technological innovations in the private sector and strengthens the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses.

SBIR Topics:

  • Forests and Related Resources
  • Plant Production and Protection - Biology
  • Animal Production and Protection
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Rural Development
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • Small and Mid-Size Farms
  • Plant Production and Protection -- Engineering

The SBIR program also fosters and encourages participation by women-owned and socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses. Visit the website for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Webinar is 2 PM ET

Indiana’s SBIR/STTR Matching Program

Since 2014, Indiana’s SBIR/STTR matching program has provided more than $8.3M to 114 companies in 18 Indiana Counties. Collectively, these companies have attracted more than $56M in SBIR/STTR grants and over $21.7M from other capital sources. Companies with an SBIR/STTR request should apply to Elevate Ventures within 6 months of the SBIR term start date. Learn more about SBIR/STTR Matching.

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