USDA Small Business Innovation Research Grant Program for Air, Soil and Water Resources

Incentive Type:Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology, Health And Safety, Research
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body:U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
What’s it worth?: $100,000 – $500,000

The Small Business Innovation Research Program provides funding to support high quality, advanced concept research to scientific problems and agriculture opportunities with potential of providing significant public benefits. This program was designed to:

  • Stimulate technological innovations
  • Strengthen small businesses
  • Increase private sector commercialization
  • Foster and encourage participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms

University faculty or government scientists are encouraged to apply. Research topics may include:

  • Forests and Related Resources
  • Plant Production and Protection
  • Animal Production and Protection
  • Air, Water, and Soils
  • Food Science and Nutrition
  • Rural Development
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • Small and Medium-size Farms
  • Plant Production and Protection

Grant funds are limited to 8 – 24 months and $100,000 to $500,000 allocated in proportion to the number of proposals received. This program is devised in two phases: phase 1 is open to any small business for idea development; phase 2 is only open to phase 1 awardees with an objective to develop concepts from phase 1.

To get started with the application process eligible participants should visit the USDA website and apply for the grant. The application process requires eligible participants to:

  • Download the current Adobe Reader
  • Obtain the application package from
  • Complete the application package

Cover Sheet

– R&R Project/Performance Site Locations
– R&R other project information form
– R&R Senior/Key Person Profile
– R&R Personal Data
– R&R budget
– R&R Subaward Budget Attachment
– NIFA Supplemental Information
– SBIR/Small Business Technology Transfer Program Information

  • Submit application electronically

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified approximately six months after application submission.