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.