NIFA SBIR Phase 1 RFA Published

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By Milthon Lujan

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program phase 1 request for applications (RFA) for fiscal year 2022 is now published and available on the NIFA website. Here is a link to the RFA. The application deadline is November 3, 2021.

The USDA SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR program supports small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enables the application of research advancements from conception into the market.

This RFA includes Aquaculture (SBIR 8.7). There are five priority areas suggested:

– Reproductive Efficiency

– Genetic Improvement

– Integrated Aquatic Animal Health

– Improved Production Systems and Management Strategies for Efficiency and Reduced Environmental Impacts

– Algal Production Systems.

Awards can be eight months and up to $175,000 or $181,650 if you elect for Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) funds. See page 23 of the RFA for the Aquaculture SBIR 8.7 information.

For questions regarding projects and program, contact Tim Sullivan, National Program Leader, Animal Health and Aquaculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture,, 816-527-5434.

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