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NIFA Invests $26.7 Million in Phase II Funding of Small Business Agricultural Innovations (SBIR/STTR)

NIFA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs (SBIR/STTR) fund research projects that propose an innovative or disruptive solution across nine topic areas ranging from food science and nutrition to conservation of natural resources. The program targets early-stage projects in the private sector poised to deliver significant public benefits and strengthens the role of federal research and development in support of small businesses, many of which are owned by women or historically underserved populations.

Total Number of Awards: 42  
Total Funding: $26,768,725  

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In the programs’ Phase II, grantees continue the research and development they completed in Phase I with a goal to commercialize and bring the innovation to market.

2023 Awardees

8.1 Forests and Related Resources 
KSE, Inc.; Nanosur, LLC; mobius pbc.

8.2 Plant Production and Protection – Biology 
Foresight Science and Technology, Inc.; Kultevat, Inc.; Silvec Biologics; Soil Culture Solutions LLC (d/b/a Soilcea)

8.3 Animal Production and Protection 
Apex Bait Technologes, Inc.; Birds Eye Robotics, Inc; Larad, Inc.

8.4 Conservation of Natural Resources 
Aerodyne Research, Inc; Cermetek Microelectronics, Inc; FloraPulse; Pani Clean, LLC; S4 Mobile Laboratories, LLC

8.5 Food Science and Nutrition 
Guild Associates, Inc.; Imvela Corp.; Nataur, LLC; Radiant Innovation

8.6 Rural and Community Development 
Community Energy Labs, Inc.; IsoTruss, Inc.; Leaptran, Inc.

8.7 Aquaculture 
Hawaii Fish Company, Inc.; Triple N Oyster Farm; Xylome Corp.

8.8 Biofuels and Biobased Products 
Formology, Inc.; TRGel LLC

8.12 Small and Mid-Size Farms 
Biomineral Systems, LLC; Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative; Invictus Informatics, LLC; Irrigation for the Future, Inc.; Rooted Farmers, LLC; Universal Schedule and Booking, LLC; Visimo, LLC

8.13 Plant Production and Protection – Engineering 
Agriculture Intelligence, Inc.; Agrofocal Technologies, Inc.; GearJump Technologies, LLC; Lateral Systems, LLC; mobius pbc; Ridge Quest, Inc.; Root Applied Sciences

Farm Bill Priority Areas
Plant health, production, and products
Agriculture systems and technology
Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment

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