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Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offer 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 USDA SBIR/STTR program office directs all activities required under the SBIR law and executes the policy established by the Small Business Administration. The SBIR/STTR programs at USDA are administered exclusively by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Awards are based on the scientific and technical merit of investigator-initiated ideas. The SBIR/STTR programs do not make loans and do not award grants for the purpose of helping a business get established.

SBIR/STTR grants are awarded in 10 broad topic areas.

Open SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunities

Phase I Request for Applications

Sign up for Grants.gov Alerts

The best way to stay updated about NIFA’s SBIR/STTR funding opportunities is to register for Grants.gov alerts. These email alerts will notify you of when SBIR/STTR Requests for Applications (RFAs) are released.

  1. If you don’t have a Grants.gov account, register for free. Tip: you don’t need a full profile to sign up for alerts.
  2. Once you’re registered and logged in, go to Subscribe to Saved Searches.
  3. Add a Saved Search. Enter “10.212” in the CFDA input field under Basic Search Criteria. Click Save to continue.
  4. Your saved search subscription will now be listed under “My Saved Opportunity Searches.” To unsubscribe, delete the Saved Search from your profile.

You will begin receiving email notices from “DoNotReply@grants.gov” sometime after midnight of the day the RFA is posted. Add that email address to your address book to ensure delivery in your inbox.

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