USDA Issues Call for SBIR Proposal Applications

July 14th, 2015 by Rebecca Todd

Innovative Arkansas small businesses are encouraged to explore funding opportunities in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FY2016 Small Business Innovation Research Phase I Request for Applications.

Phase I awards support proof-of-concept research that proves early-stage feasibility of new technologies or services. The maximum award size is $100,000 for an eight-month project performance period. The deadline for submitting proposals in response to this RFA is Oct. 8.

Proposal applications need to address one of the following research topic areas:

  • Forestry and Related Resources (7 subtopics)
  • Plant Production and Protection – Biology (3 subtopics)
  • Animal Production and Protection (5 subtopics)
  • Air, Water and Soils (5 subtopics)
  • Food Science and Nutrition (5 subtopics)
  • Rural and Community Development (5 subtopics)
  • Aquaculture (5 subtopics)
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products (4 subtopics)
  • Small and Mid-Size Farms (6 subtopics)
  • Plant Production and Protection – Engineering (7 subtopics)

The USDA supports six national challenge areas that connect to the agency’s departmental research and development programs. Special consideration will be given to applications that address one of the following challenge areas: Food Security, Climate Variability and Change, Bioenergy, Childhood Obesity, Food Safety, and Water.

Two Arkansas small businesses that are ASBTDC clients have recently won USDA SBIR Phase I awards. Details about these companies can be found here.

Arkansas companies wanting assistance with development of their USDA SBIR proposal applications are encouraged to contact ASBTDC Innovation Consultant Rebecca Norman at or 501.683.7700.

Review the USDA FY2016 RFA