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Fiscal Year 2013 Small Business Innovation Research Grants

Phase I awards:

Forests and Related Resources

  • Sea Star International, Fayetteville, Ark., $99,998 – Pilot program for recovery of all-natural medicinals from Arkansas – Forests: A Key to easing sagging profitability in the forest industry
  • TDA Research, Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo., $100,000 – A regenerable sorbent for deep desulfurization of alpha pinene
  • Westscape Wholesale Nursery, Bozeman, Mont., $100,000 – The selective control of cheatgrass with low-cost application of a naturally occurring phytotoxic element
  • Enertechnix Inc., Maple Valley, Wash., $99,947 – Advanced control system for biofuel combustion
  • Whole Trees, Stoddard, Wisc., $99,963 – Forest to Factory: round timber supply chain tools and techniques


Small and Mid-Size Farms

  • ISCA Technologies, Inc., Riverside, Calif., $100,000 – Micro-bait station suzukii
  • Thin Air Nitrogen Solutions, Fort Collins, Colo., $99,968 – Agronomic, environmental, and economic evaluation of cyanobacterial bio-fertilizer for small and mid-size farms growing high-value crops
  • Taber International, Chardon, Ohio, $80,250 – Renewable energy and energy system automation for energy plus farm
  • Ripple Rock Fish Farms, Frazeysburg, Ohio, $99,982 – Researchig economic feasibility of the mixed-cell raceway, providing a way for small farms to enter the aquaculture industry
  • Stony Creek Colors, Whites Creek, Tenn., $100,000 – Novel and improved methods for extracting colorants from indigo and black walnut


Plant Production and Protection – Engineering

  • Spensa Technologies, West Lafayette, Ind., $199,999 – Electronic trap for automated monitoring of insect populations
  • RSI Systems, Frederick, Md., $100,000 – Automated inspection and coding of cases on produce packaging lines
  • Ridge Quest, Inc., Kent City, Mich., $100,000 – Tangler technology, advanced mating disruption that provides for rapid and cost effective application
  • Applied Nanotech, Austin, Texas, $99,977 – Pathogen detection and monitoring from induced VOCs of citrus varietals
  • NanoSonic, Inc., Pembroke, Va., $100,000 – Solar powered colony health monitoring system for pollinators
  • Forest Concepts, Auburn, Wash., $100,000 – Low energy comminution of herbaceous biomass feedstocks


Plant Production and Protection – Biology

  • San Luis Obispo Bee Company, San Luis Obispo, Calif., $97,650 – Development of BMPs for nest establishment of wild-caught queen yellow-faced bumblebees, Bombus vosnesenskii, for greenhouse and outdoor crops
  • Vestaron Corporation, Kalamazoo, Mich., $99,982 – Technology to Enhance Insecticidal Peptides
  • Monsanto, Durham, N.C., Genome-wide association studies of root system architecture governming agronomic productivity in sorghum
  • Plant Advancements, West Kingston, R.I., $100,000 – Hybrid systems for gene confinement and breeding of perennial plants used for biofuels


Animal Production and Protection

  • ISCA Technologies, Inc., Riverside, Calif., $100,000 – Organic stable fly repellent
  • Prota Culture, LLC, Hilo, Hawaii, $88,168 – Formulating a competitively priced poultry feed in Hawaii rendered from organic wastes using a protein-synthesizing, beneficial insect
  • i2 Air Fluid Innovation, Inc., Huntington Station, N.Y., $58,883 – Using elemental iodine vapor bubbles in a liquid medium to inactivate mastitis pathogens on cow teat surfaces
  • Actuated Medical, Inc., Bellefonte, Pa., $100,000 – Active needle technology for cattle to reduce insertion force, pain and meat loss from injection scarring while facilitating vascular acces
  • Lucigen Corporation, Middleton, Wisc., $99,852 – Rapid field-appropraite diagnostics for detection of viral pathogens associated with porcine respiratory disease complex


Soil and Water Resources

  • Saint Onge Orchids, San Marcos, Calif., $96,285 – A new irrigation technique for control of pathogens on internal surface of green leaves produce
  • Precision Combustion, Inc., North Haven, Conn., $99,686 – Compact, efficient and economic soil steam disinfestation
  • Giner, Inc., Newton, Mass., $99,994 – Electrochemical, multi-gas air quality monitor
  • Reactive Innovations, LLC, Westford, Mass., $99,999 – Wide area hydrogen sulfide monitoring system for agricultural enterprises
  • Montana Gluten Free Processors, Belgrade, Mont., $100,000 – Remediation of soil and water contaminated with phenolic compounds using peroxidase from the biofuel crop, Camelina sativa
  • Pliant Energy Systems, LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y., $100,000 – Self-powered pump to extract water from a flowing water source
  • Micronic Technologies, Sterling, Va., $99,357 – Innovative removal of nitrate and nitrates from contaminated well water
  • Nutrient Recovery and Upcycling, LLC, Madison, Wisc., $100,000 – Phosphate fertilizer recovery from anaerobic acid digesters in sewage treatment plants


Food Science and Nutrition

  • Sonomaceuticals, LLC, Santa Rosa, Calif., $95,200 – Grape bran, a novel food ingredient to combat obesity and metabolic syndrome caused by a “western diet”
  • All Things Bugs, Gainesville, Fla., $100,000 – Ready to use therapeutic food product to alleviate malnutrition in children using insects
  • En ‘Urga, Inc., West Lafayette, Ind., $100,000 – A particulate mass flux sensor for the food process industry
  • Abraxis, LLC, Warminster, Pa., $100,000 – Development of immunoreagents and test kits for the detection of E. coli non-O157 STEC
  • Operational Technologies Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, $99,977 – Fluorescent DNA Aptamer Test Strips for more sensitive and rapid assessment of food safety
  • Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., Seattle, Wash., $100,000 – A new approach for resistant starch in wheat


Rural and Community Development

  • ORPC Alaska, LLC, Anchorage, Alaska, $100,000 – Harnessing clean river energy with the RivGen Power System to replace and offset diesel fuel use by rural communities
  • Freedom Photonics, LLC, Santa Barbara, Calif., $99,999 – Optical communication transceivers for affordable broadband deployment in rural communities
  • Sonsight, Inc., Accokeek, Md., $100,000 – Low-cost, high-energy extended rotor turbine
  • Synthigen, LLC, Spokane, Wash., $100,000 – Enhancing rural small business opportunities by developing a low-cost heat source and developing the utilization of char as a soil amendment


Aquaculture

  • TransGenada Enterprises, Inc., Mesa, Ariz., $95,350 – Development of IMNV resistant heritable transgenic litopenaeus vannamei
  • Baxter Land Company, Inc., Dermott, Ark., $89,008 – Improving hybrid catfish production efficiency through triploid induction
  • HJ Science and Technology, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., $99,863 – Low-cost, handheld microfluidic device for detection and monitoring of brevetoxins in marine environment
  • Kampachi Farms, LLC, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, $99,998 – Can the “blaster” improve the profitability, environmental health and expansion opportunities for marine aquaculture?
  • Navita Premium Feed Ingredients, West Des Moines, Iowa, $100,000 – Superior nutrient availability, reduced metabolic waste and increased energy efficiency in aquafeeds
  • Intralytix, Inc., Baltimore, Md., $99,991 – Bacteriophages for reducing Bibrio tubiashii associated mortality of shellfish
  • Giner, Inc., Newton, Mass., $99,999 – On-board electrochemical oxygen generator for live shipments of wild seafood and aquaculture products
  • Smith-Root, Inc., Vancouver, Wash., $85,371 – Electrosedation and rested harvest as strategies to improve the quality of farm-raised fish


Industrial Applications

  • Rebexsess, LLC, Encinitas, Calif., $100,000 – Design of novel terpene-derived drop-in biofuels using rational structure based enzymatic engineering: preliminary studies
  • Microvi Biotech, Inc., Hayward, Calif., $99,954 – Enhancing the toxicity tolerance of micro-organisms for use in butanol production and other applications
  • Biogas and Electric, LLC, San Diego, Calif., $100,000 – A low-cost method of creating liquid organic fertilizer from animal manure
  • TDA Research, Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo., $100,000 – A new renewable polymer from bio oil
  • Alluvium Biosciences, Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., $99,999 – Development of a novel biocatalytic fatty acid decarboxylation technology for production of liquid biofuels
  • The Nitrate Elimination Company, Inc., Lake Linden, Mich., $100,000 – Glycerol determination in biodiesel fuels using glycerol oxidase
  • BioPlastic Polymers and Composites, LLC, Okemos, Mich., $98,000 – Polyols derived from biomass for polyurethane coatings
  • United Environment and Energy, LLC, Horseheads, N.Y., $80,000 – One-step biobased green gasoline production from biodiesel plant waste glycerol


Phase II awards:

Forests and Related Resources

  • ISCA Technologies, Inc., Riverside, Calif., $450,000 – SPLATverb, a drop-in technology to manage the mountain pine beetle
  • Xiomas Technologies, LLC, Ypsilanti, Mich., $450,000 – Staring wide area imager (StareWAI) for disaster response and earth science


Small and Mid-Size Farms

  • ISCA Technologies, Inc., Riverside, Calif., $450,000 – Effective semiochemical management of the oriental beetle for the small blueberry grower
  • MetroCrops, LLC, Norwalk, Conn., $448,000 – Precision control of UV irradiance and ambient conditions to optimize the nutritional content, quality and consistency of indoor grown lettuce
  • Scenic Valley Farm, LLC, Rosemount, Minn., $449,000 – A scalable environmental controller with integrated solar thermal storage and extraction for field protected agriculture
  • Firsthand Foods, LLC, Durham, N.C., $377,000 – Farmhand Foods: an innovative food hub creating market access for small and mid-sized livestock producers


Plant Production and Protection – Engineering

  • TDA Research, Inc., Wheat Ridge, Colo., $450,000 – Ambient temperature oxidation catalyst for ethylene control in fresh produce containers
  • AgSquared, LLC, Washington, D.C., $449,967 – Improving harvest data capture, use, reporting, and analysis through integrated software tools for specialty crop producers
  • Geo-Spider, Inc., Gainsville, Fla., $449,485 – Advancing over the top citrus harvesting equipment for juice markets in high density groves
  • WISER Systems, Inc., Raleigh, N.C., $450,000 – Wireless Sensor (WISER) track-and-trace: autonomous, cost-effective, item-level food safety from field to fork


Animal Production and Protection

  • Medigen, Inc., Frederick, Md., $395,605 – Polyvalent vaccines to protect poultry from avian influenza
  • Pan Genome Systems, Inc., Madison, Wisc., $449,720 – Novel vaccines against Johne’s Disease


Soil and Water Resources

  • OndaVia, Inc., Hayward, Calif., $450,000 – Rapid, field-ready boron analysis
  • Los Gatos Research, Mountain View, Calif., $450,000 – Laser-based sensor for nitrate isotope analysis in water pollution monitoring
  • HydroBio, Inc., Santa Fe, N.M., $450,000 – Targeted irrigation management and initial suite of remotely sensed agronomic tools


Food Science and Nutrition

  • Prosperity Organic Foods, Inc., Boise, Idaho, $450,000 – Development and expansion of melt organic baking fat for oxidative stability and reducing child obesity
  • Fiberstar Bio-Ingredient Technologies, Inc., Eau Claire, Wisc., $450,000 – Fat replacement system from natural plant materials for improving food nutrition, quality and reducing costs
  • Orbital Technologies Corporation, Madison, Wisc., $450,000 – LED lighting for maximizing quality parameters in specialty crop production


Rural and Community Development

  • The Julia Group, Santa Monica, Calif., $449,000 – Dakota Learning Project: computer –assisted mathematics instruction in a cultural context
  • Beneficial Designs, Inc., Minden, Nev., $449,063 – A standardized assessment process supporting health, environmental and economic benefits of outdoor recreation facilities to rural America
  • Learnimation, LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y., $449,995 – Math and science problem solving intervention for rural communities
  • Hubble Telemedical, Inc., Memphis, Tenn., $449,997 – Metadata assisted management of diabetes in rural health disparity communities


Aquaculture

  • Lindgren-Pitman, Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., $448,000 – Mechanical scrubber for aquaculture netting
  • Aquaculture Systems Technologies, LLC, New Orleans, La., $373,000 – Application of direct filtration utilizing floating beat filters and flocculation aids for fine suspended solids and phosphorus removal
  • Aquaculture Systems Technologies, LLC, New Orleans, La., $31,101 – Passive self-regulating denitrification technology for aquaculture
  • Pemaquid Mussel Farms, LLC, Damariscotta, Maine, $449,000 – Development of a modular submersible mussel raft for use in semi-exposed Maine waters subject to drift ice
  • LIG Sciences, Inc., Export, Pa., $449,991 – Slow release non-toxic antifouling additives for coatings  used in aquaculture


Industrial Applications

  • Panorama Research, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., $449,621 – Scale-up of gratuitous inducer for industrial enzyme production
  • Technology Holding, LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah, $449,959 – Novel process for production of fatty acids from lignocellulosic biomass